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Happy Birthday Johnny Antonelli!

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  • Happy Birthday Johnny Antonelli!

    And a tip of the Hatlo hat (Aren't I showing my age) to wish Johnny Antonelli a happy 88th birthday. Antonelli , along with Don Liddle, came over to the Giants from the Braves in early 1954 for Bobby Thomson and were difference makers for the club. Johnny had a breakout season that year with a 21-7 record, led the league in ERA, and had six shutouts as the Giants won the National League pennant that year. He would win Game 2 in the World Series against the Indians and saved Game 4 as well.

    He would win 20 games for a horrible Giants team in 1956, pitched the Giants' last game at the Polo Grounds in 1957, and won 41 games for the team in San Francisco, eventually winning 108 games in a Giants uniform. He is one of only eight men still alive from that 1954 World Championship team and one of just twenty-six men to play for the Giants in both New York and San Francisco.

    Wherever you are, Johnny, Happy Birthday.

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    Antonelli recently cracked Wikipedia's list of the 125 oldest living major league players - He's currently #123.
    The Wikipedia list main page is 1-100, but if you click 'Edit Source' at the top of the page it will give you a second list that runs from 1 to 125. Antonelli is the youngest of about 40 people who played major league baseball in the 1940s who are still living today.


    • #3
      And time again to wish Johnny Antonelli a happy birthday! Johnny is 89 years old today and is one of the few surviving members of the World Champion 1954 Giants.


      • #4
        Johnny Antonelli (born: 4/12/1930) and catcher Del Crandall (born 3/5/1930) were 19-year-old battery mates that worked together for the Boston Braves several times during the 1949 season. That's got to be some kind of a record!


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