Friday, March 13, 2015

3/13: Eddie Pellagrini, Roberto Honored Posthumously, Billy Crystal

  • 1918 - Utilityman Eddie Pellagrini was born in Boston. He lost four years to the service, but still put in eight seasons in MLB, his last two (1953-54) with the Bucs, hitting .237. After retiring, Pellagrini spent 32 years as the manager of the Boston College Eagles. 
Eddie Pellagrini via Boston College
  • 1975 - Roberto Clemente and 13 others were inducted into Las Vegas’ Black Athletes Hall of Fame. James Brown hosted and Aretha Franklin provided the entertainment as Roberto, Roy Campanella and a dozen other athletes were honored during the affair at Caesar's Palace Convention Center. 
  • 2008 - In a spring game against the Pirates, comedian and lifelong Yankee fan Billy Crystal led off as the DH after signing a one-day contract with New York. He made contact, fouling a fastball up the first base line, but was eventually struck out by Paul Maholm on six pitches. He joined Garth Brooks, Tom Selleck and most recently Will Ferrell as celebrities who appeared in a MLB exhibition game.
Billy Crystal swings and misses via USAToday

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