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Al Gionfriddo




Al Gionfriddo

Albert Francis Gionfriddo
Born: March 8, 1922 in Dysart, PA.
Died: March 14, 2003 in Solvang, Calif.
Debut: 1944 | Pos: OF
H: 5-6 | W: 165 | B: L | T: L

4 228 580 95 154 2 58 .266

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Al Gionfriddo, who robbed Joe DiMaggio of a home run in the 1947 World Series, died on March 14, 2003. He collapsed while playing golf in Slovang. He was 81.

“He was an outstanding ballplayer and friend,” said former Dodgers manager Tommy Lassorda in an AP report. “He wore the Dodger uniform proudly, and we’re losing a great Dodger.”

In 1945, his best season in the majors, Gionfriddo hit .284 in 409 at-bats with 2 home runs and 42 RBI.  He stole 12 bases.

During Game 6 of the 1947 World Series, Gionfriddo ran down what would have been a home run for DiMaggio. The catch preserved the Dodgers 8-6 win. The Yankees won Game 7 to win the Series.

The catch ended up coming in his last game in a major league uniform.

“It was a thrill just to get to the major leagues,” Gionfriddo said, in a 2002 interview with the News-Press. “Once you get there, to be able to play in the World Series is so thrilling.”

In the 1947 series, he was hitless in 3 at-bats in 4 games. He scored 2 runs and stole a base.

In a 2002 interview with the News-Press, Gionfriddo said he still signed autographs for people on the East Coast who said they saw him make the catch.

He moved to Santa Barbara in 1963 and worked as the general manager of the Santa Barbara Dodgers. He moved to Solvang in 1995.

Sources: AP obituary, Total Baseball