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Sal Maglie

Born: April 26, 1917(1917-04-26)
Niagara Falls, New York
Died: December 28, 1992 (aged 75)
Niagara Falls, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 9, 1945 for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
August 31, 1958 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Career statistics
Pitching Record     119-62
Earned run average     3.15
Strikeouts     862
Career highlights and awards

Salvatore Anthony Maglie (April 26, 1917 - December 28, 1992) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals from 1945 to 1958. Maglie was known as "Sal the Barber," because he gave close shaves—that is, pitched inside to hitters. Coincidentally, he also sported a five o'clock shadow look. He also had the distinction of being one of the few players to play for all three New York City baseball teams. Maglie won 119 games and lost 62, with an earned run average of 3.15, over his career.

Maglie broke into the major leagues with the Giants in 1945, but jumped to the Mexican League prior to the 1946 season. For this, Maglie was banned from organized baseball by Commissioner Happy Chandler, and Maglie was unable to return to the Giants until 1950. The ban had been lifted in 1949, but Maglie chose to remain with the Drummondville Cubs, with whom he was playing at the time, and for whom he was making more money than he did with the Giants.[1]

After his return, Maglie was integral to the success of the New York Giant teams of the early 1950s. After a stint with Cleveland, Maglie was purchased by the Dodgers in May 1956. Maglie had a sterling comeback season for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956 (who won the NL pennant by one game over Milwaukee and two games over Cincinnati), going 13-5 with 2.89 ERA. He finished second to Don Newcombe in the first balloting for the Cy Young Award, and was also second to Newcombe in MVP balloting. He was the Dodgers' pitcher opposing Don Larsen of the Yankees in the latter's famous perfect game of the 1956 World Series.

After two terms (1960-62; 1966-67) as pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox, Maglie took a similar post for the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969. He was profiled unflatteringly in Jim Bouton's book Ball Four, despite the fact that he was a boyhood hero of Bouton. Bouton commented that Maglie rarely gave useful advice to the pitchers, and frequently second-guessed their choice of pitches, often contradicting his previous second guessing.

However, Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale credited Maglie with teaching him to pitch inside, for which he would be noted. Jim Lonborg, AL Cy Young Award winner in 1967 also learned to brush hitters back under instruction from Maglie.

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

During the 1950s, Maglie lived in Riverdale, The Bronx.[2]

See also


  1. ^ SABR article on the 1949 Drummondville Cubs
  2. ^ Collins, Glenn. " BASEBALL: SUBWAY SERIES; 1956 vs. 2000? It's Deja Vu All Over Again, Except for When It's Not", The New York Times, October 21, 2000. Accessed May 3, 2008. "In 1956, the Dodger legend Pee Wee Reese occupied a modest brick duplex on Barwell Terrace in Bay Ridge, pitcher Sal Maglie lived in Riverdale and many Yankees occupied an apartment hotel on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx."

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