Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dodger Correspondence: Ralph Mauriello

Here is another edition of vintage correspondence with an old-time Dodger player. USC graduate and former Dodger pitcher Ralph Mauriello writes to Roy and shares his main career highlights.
My career highlights were two:
  1. My first (and only) major league win against Chicago, September 1958.
  2. Being a member of the Dixie Series Champions of 1955, the Mobile Bears. We were in last place on July4.
Ralph only had a opportunity to pitch for the Blue Crew in three games in 1958, two of them starts. In 11.2 innings he struck out 11 (not too bad), but yielded 8 walks and 10 hits. Unfortunately, his lack of control with the big club meant a short Major League career. Nevertheless, he did find success on the diamond at one time. In 1955 with the AA Champion Mobile Bears, a Brooklyn farm club, he went 18-8 with a 2.76 ERA.
(pic link: Opening Day 2008, Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images North America)

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