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Sebastian Daniel Sisti

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Known for his versatility, Sibby Sisti played every position except pitcher and catcher during his big league career. He made his major league debut with the Boston Bees in 1939 and remained with the club (later known as the Braves) until World War II, when he served in the Coast Guard from 1943 to 1945, enlisting on December 11, 1942. After returning from the war, the Braves had no place for him in their lineup, and he spent most of 1946 with the Indianapolis Indians. He hit .343 for the club and was named Minor League Player of the Year by The Sporting News. The following year, 1947 he returned to the Braves. In 1948, he played a key role in the club's run to the World Series, filling in for injured second baseman Eddie Stanky for part of the season. He remained with the team when they became the Milwaukee Braves in 1953 and retired in 1954 to join their coaching staff.

After leaving the Braves, he coached and managed in the minors for many years and was a member of the big league staff of the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969. Years later, Sisti played a small role in the movie The Natural, portraying the Pittsburgh manager. He was also a consultant on the film, making sure it captured the feel of 1940s baseball.

He was a first cousin of Danny Carnevale. He was one the first four players inducted in the Boston Braves Hall of Fame, alongside Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn and All-Stars Johnny Sain and Tommy Holmes.

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