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Marius Ugo Russo
(Lefty)

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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Marius Russo played for the Brooklyn Bushwicks in 1936, in the summer while attending Long Island University. In one July 1936 doubleheader, Charlie Perkins and Russo squared off against Slim Jones and Webster McDonald of the Philadelphia Stars, a Negro League team. His minor-league career began with the Newark Bears of the International League in 1937,

While playing for Newark in 1939, Russo met his future wife, Stasia, when she approached him for an autograph. He joined the New York Yankees later that year. In 1941, he pitched a one-hitter and made the All-Star team. In the World Series that year, he won a duel with Freddie Fitzsimmons of the Brooklyn Dodgers, knocking the veteran out of the box with a line drive to the knee. After the 1943 season, Russo spent two years in the army in World War II, entering in February 1944 and being discharged in January 1946. He returned to the Yankees briefly in 1946 and remained in the minors through 1948.

He died at age 90 in 2005.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1941)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1941)
  • Won three World Series with the New York Yankees (1939, 1941 & 1943; he did not play in the 1939 World Series)

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