March 14th in baseball history: Grionfriddo name lives on
Submitted by BTGrimes on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 10:00am
Gionfriddo stole the spotlight
SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA | MARCH 14, 2003 - Al Gionfriddo died on this date in 2003. He was 81. Gionfriddo's major league career only lasted 4 years, a total of 228 games, but the 5-foot 6-inch, 165 lb outfielder ended his short career by taking the spotlight from a Hall of Famer, and it guaranteed the Dysart, Pennsylvania native a place in baseball history.
It was the sixth game of the 1947 World Series at Yankee Stadium. More than 74,000 fans were on hand, most hoping the Yankees would close out the Series. They had a 3 games to 2 lead. It was the bottom of the 6th inning. The Brooklyn Dodgers (today's Los Angeles Dodgerrs) had grabbed an 8-5 lead in the top of the 6th. There were two out, but the Yankees had two men on. Joe DiMaggio was up. He could tie the game.
The Dodgers went on to win that game 8-6, but the Yankees closed out the series in the next day. Al Gionfriddo didn't get in the lineup. He would not play another game. After the 1947 season he retired, feeling pretty good about himself.
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