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Thomas Caesar Candiotti

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[edit] Biographical Information

Tom Candiotti became the second celebrity bowler of the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame in 2007, following Jerome Bettis. Candiotti averaged over 200 in leagues in Scottsdale, AZ.

He is the answer to a trivia question: "Who was the seocnd player to pitch in the major leagues after undergoing Tommy John surgery?" The first was of course Tommy John himself.

He first came up as a conventional pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1983, but found little success in two partial seasons, going a combined 6-6. He came back in 1986 with the Cleveland Indians and had become a knuckleball pitcher; he went 16-12 that first season and led the American league with 17 complete games. He would go on to pitch in the majors until 1999, when he was 41 years old. He relied mostly on a knuckleball, but also had a curveball he could mix in and also threw a "credible" fastball to keep hitters off balance.

He is the brother-In-Law of Brad Wellman

[edit] Quotes

"Trying to hit his knuckler is like trying to swat a fly - you always seem to miss it. You see it coming and you wait and wait and wait. Then you swing and you're out in front of it." - Jody Reed

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Complete Games Leader (1986)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1986 & 1990)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons; 9 (1986-1993 & 1998)

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