Daniel Joseph Carnevale
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 195 lb.
- School Canisius College
- High School St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
Danny Carnevale was a very successful minor league manager, winning 5 league titles in 9 years of managing. He played from 1937 to 1953 in the minor leagues. Carnevale was also a coach for the Kansas City Royals in 1970. He was a first cousin of Sibby Sisti. Additionally, he was a scout for the Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Royals and Cleveland Indians.
Danny broke in with the 1937 Perth-Cornwall Bisons, playing third base and hitting .354 with 100 RBI, tied for third in the Canadian-American League. Called up to the parent Buffalo Bisons, Carnevale hit only .216/~.293/.275 in 375 AB, splitting his time between third and short, where the regulars were Smokey Joe Martin and Greg Mulleavy. Sent back down to the Wilkes-Barre Barons, Danny hit .255 with 2 HR and 36 RBI in 1939. He split 1940 between the Winston-Salem Twins (.194, 5 RBI) and Buffalo (.225/~.278/.267 in 78 games as the primary backup to Mulleavy at short and Jimmy Outlaw at third).
Carnevale was briefly with the Fort Worth Cats in 1941 but spent most of the season with the Scranton Red Sox, starting a long stretch there. The 23-year-old batted .193 with one home run and 39 RBI in 1941. In 1942, Dan hit .244 with 1 HR and 42 RBI for Scranton. He continued to improve in 1943 with a .284/~.352/.404 batting line. Carnevale's .967 fielding percentage led all regular shortstops in the Eastern League that year.
Danny then entered the military and spent two years in the service during World War II.
Returning to Scranton in 1946, the 28-year-old batted .270/~.376/.372 and again led the EL's shortstops in fielding percentage (.956). In his last year with the club, he hit .312 with 3 HR and 18 RBI; he spent most of 1947 with the Rock Hill Chiefs, batting .301 with 88 RBI, his best total in 10 years and 12 home runs, a new career high. He became a player-manager for the first time that season.
Moving on to the Carbondale Pioneers as a player-manager in 1948, Carnevale smacked the ball, setting career highs in average (.380) and home runs (20) while driving in 100. He led the North Atlantic League in two of the three legs of the Triple Crown, finishing third in RBI. Carbondale won the title, one of four in a row won by Carnevale's clubs.
In 1949, Danny was in charge of the Bradford Blue Wings as they won the PONY League. He helped out with a .373 average and 126 RBI, his most. He led the league in RBI and was second to Ed Kobesky in average. The next year, his champion club was the Terre Haute Phillies; he batted .303/~.415/.393, stole 28 bases and drove in 103. He was second in the Three-I League in RBI behind Frank Marchio, was 4th in steals and led league shortstops in fielding percentage (.960).
Moving on to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, Carnevale guided his team to a fourth title in a row in 1951 and hit .285 with 89 RBI. In 1952, his entry finally failed to take a pennant and he batted only .249/~.306/.318 in 80 games for the Schenectady Blue Jays. His last season as a player was his fifth pennant-winner as a manager, for the 1953 Jamestown Falcons. The 37-year-old only inserted himself in 20 games, hitting .245/~.339/.388.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
Include Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database, The International League: Year-by-Year Statistics by Marshall Wright, Baseball's Canadian-American League by David Pietrusza, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1953 and 1954 Baseball Guides