Date and Place of Birth: March 8, 1922 Dysart, Pennsylvania
Died: March 14, 2003 Solvang, California
Military Unit: Battery C, 331st Field Artillery US Army
Area Served: United States
F “Al” Gionfriddo was born on March 8, 1922 in
The 5-foot-6, left-handed hitting outfielder
batted .348 with the Oilers in 1942 and hit 11 home runs while
driving in 82. He was due to report to
Gionfriddo reported to
Gionfriddo batted .284 as a regular outfielder in 122 games with the Pirates in 1945. The following year his average dropped to .255 and he was traded to the Dodgers in May 1947. He played just 37 regular season games with the Dodgers in 1947 but will always be remembered for his post-season play in the World Series against the Yankees when he caught DiMaggio's drive to left field in Game 6, saving an 8-6 win for the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees went on to win Game 7 and Gionfriddo never played another game in the major leagues.
He spent the next four years with
Gionfriddo became the general manager of the
Santa Barbara Dodgers in 1963. He moved to
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