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Rick Cerone

Born: May 19, 1954 (1954-05-19) (age 55)
Newark, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 17, 1975 for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
July 10, 1992 for the Montreal Expos
Career statistics
Batting average     .245
Home runs     59
RBI     436
Career highlights and awards

Richard Aldo Cerone (born May 19, 1954 in Newark, New Jersey) from Seton Hall University was a Major League Baseball player from 1975 to 1992 for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, and Montreal Expos. Cerone was primarily a catcher.

Cerone played high school baseball and football at Essex Catholic High School.[1]

The Yankees acquired Cerone for the 1980 season, following the death of their great catcher Thurman Munson the year before. Cerone had his best season in 1980 when he batted .277 with 70 runs scored and 30 doubles. Cerone's productivity declined in the subsequent seasons. In 1982 and 1983, he shared catching duties with Butch Wynegar, whom the Yankees acquired during the 1982 season. In 1984, Cerone served as Wynegar's backup. He was traded to the Atlanta Braves after the 1984 season.

In 1998, Cerone founded the Newark Bears, a minor league ball club in the independent Atlantic League. He sold the team in 2003.

Cerone lived in Cresskill, New Jersey in the 1990s[2] and later in Woodland Park, New Jersey.[3] He has three daughters: Jessica, Carly and Nikki.

A Long Run Home

In 1981 Cerone recorded a song, "A Long Run Home," released on a 7" single on the Reel Dreams label.[4] The song, written by Carl Henry and Bill Hudak, and recorded in Newington, CT, is sung from the point of view of a Newark baseball player visiting a New York Stadium during a snowstorm.[5] The record sleeve notes that "Rick Cerone's royalties will be donated to the Italian Earthquake Victims Fund."[6] The single failed to chart in the US.


  1. ^ Gramlich, Barry. "PASSAIC DROPS A HAMMER ON BC", The Record (Bergen County), October 3, 1993. Accessed October 23, 2007. "Turn back the calendar to 1971 when former Yankee Rick Cerone was the Essex Catholic quarterback against Bergen Catholic."
  2. ^ Smith, Claire. "Cerone Is Happy to Join Mets After Weak Year With Yanks", The New York Mets, January 22, 1991. Accessed January 2, 2008. ""I wanted to play for the Mets," Cerone said by telephone from his Cresskill, N.J., home. "I wanted to play for a contender. And I wanted to stay close to home.""
  3. ^ New Jersey Legislative Digest, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed October 23, 2007. "TO BE A MEMBER OF THE NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME ADVISORY COMMISSION: Rick Cerone, of West Paterson *NOT* Fort Lee."
  4. ^ Cooper, B. L. & Haney, W. S. (1995). Rock music in American popular culture: Rock 'n' roll resources. Routledge.
  5. ^ Grimsley, Will. (1981, February 11). "Busy Yankee Rick Cerone May Become a Recording Star." Ocala Star-Banner, p. C-3.
  6. ^ Cerone, Rick. (1981). "A Long Run Home" [7" 45 RPM vinyl record]. Bloomfield, CT: Reel Dreams Records.

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