Fred Caligiuri

American baseball player Frederick John Caligiuri was born on October 22, 1918, and died on November 30, 2018.

Fred Caligiuri was a pitcher in Major League Baseball.

He played during 1941 and 1942 for the Philadelphia Athletics.

Fred Caligiuri batted and threw right-handed, he stood at 6′ 0″, 190 lb.

Caligiuri is a native of West Hickory, Pennsylvania, Caligiuri was one of many major leaguers.

Caligiuri saw his baseball career interrupted by a stint in the United States Army during World War II.

A late-season 1941 call-up from Wilmington of the Interstate League, Caligiuri entered the baseball record books while starting the last game of the season against the Boston Red Sox at Shibe Park.

His game with Ted Williams finished the season with a .406. batting average, the most recent .400 average in the majors.

Ted went 2-for-3 against Caligiuri, who never stop a run until the ninth inning and finished with a complete game, six-hit, 7–1 victory over Lefty Grove and the Red Sox.

That game was his last start for Grove, who retired before the 1942 season.

Over parts of two seasons, Caligiuri posted a 2-5 record with a 4.52 ERA in 18 appearances, including seven starts, giving up 49 runs (nine unearned) on 90 hits and 32 walks while striking out 27 in 79 ⅔ innings of work.

Caligiuri served in the military during World War II, from 1943 to 1945.

Caligiuri was the last surviving retired MLB player who made his debut prior to the Pearl Harbor attack/US involvement in WWII.

Fred Caligiuri passed at 100 years old in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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