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Gino Cimoli
Born: December 18, 1929 (1929-12-18) (age 80)
San Francisco, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 19, 1956 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
May 7, 1965 for the California Angels
Career statistics
Batting average     .265
Home runs     48
Runs batted in     321
Career highlights and awards

Gino Nicholas Cimoli (born December 18, 1929, in San Francisco, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball.

A high school all-star at Galileo High School, as an amateur free agent, Cimoli signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. He would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Dodgers on April 19, 1956; appearing in his final game on May 7, 1965.

Cimoli played on the Pirates' 1960 World Series champions, who defeated the New York Yankees in seven games. In the eighth inning of that 7th game, his Pirates trailing 7-4, Cimoli, pinch-hitting for pitcher Roy Face, led off with a single off Bobby Shantz, advanced to second on Bill Virdon's bad-hop ground ball, which struck Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek in the throat, then scored on Dick Groat's single, the first run in a five-run inning to give the Pirates a 9-7 lead. The Pirates gave the lead away in the ninth before finally winning the game in the bottom half on Bill Mazeroski's leadoff home run.

The book Carl Erskine's Tales from the Dodgers Dugout: Extra Innings (2004) includes short stories from former Dodger pitcher Carl Erskine. Cimoli is prominent in many of these stories.

Cimoli's baseball card in 1958 (No. 286, Topps) in which the background was painted out, shows him swinging a bat, without the bat--which was also painted out! (Source: Baseball Hall of Shame 4, Nash & Zullo)

After retiring from baseball, Cimoli worked as a delivery driver for United Parcel Service where, in 1990, the company honored Cimoli for completing 21 years of service without a traffic accident. Cimoli, then 60 years old and still working for the company, was now referred to as "The Lou Gehrig of UPS." [1]

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