DescriptionOne of only 17 major-league players never to have spent a single day in the minors, Johnny Antonelli was a highly coveted phenom who signed a "bonus baby" contract with the Boston Braves for $52,000 a few days after graduating from Rochester's Jefferson High School in 1948. It wasn't until six years later, when he was traded to the New York Giants, that the stylish left-hander began realizing the potential the scouts had seen in him. In a seven-year stretch-from 1953-59-Antonelli was among baseball's best hurlers, compiling a 114-89 record, 22 shutouts and nine saves, while being named a National League All-Star five times. Following his baseball career, Antonelli became a successful entrepreneur in the tire business. Enjoy this inside look at the Golden Age of baseball.
RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press
August 01, 2012
6.0 X 0.36 X 9.0 inches | 0.52 pounds
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About the Author
Rome, N.Y. native Scott Pitoniak is a nationally honored sports columnist and best-selling author. He writes a weekly sports column for the Rochester Business Journal, covers the AFC East for USA Today SportsWeekly and the Buffalo Bills for a CBS television station. A Syracuse University magna cum laude alumnus, Scott is a member of five halls of fame and the recipient of more than 100 national and state writing awards. The Associated Press Sports Editors named him one of the top 10 columnists in America and he has finished first in column writing in the Professional Football Writers of America contest five times. He is dedicated to serving the community, helping organizations such as the Rochester Press-Radio Club Children's Charities raise close to $800,000 in the past 20 years. He lives in Penfield, N.Y. with his bride, Beth Adams, and has two grown children (Amy & Christopher) and one grandchild (Camryn Marie.)