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Thomas Caesar Candiotti

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[edit] Biographical Information

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

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 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)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Maryann Hudson: "He's the Last of a Breed: Dodgers' Knuckleballer Candiotti Says He's a Dinosaur", The San Francisco Chronicle, August 2, 1994, pp. D4-.
  • Russell Schneider: "Tom Candiotti", in Whatever Happened to "Super Joe"?: Catching Up with 45 Good Old Guys from the Bad Old Days of the Cleveland Indians, Gray & Company, Cleveland, OH, pp. 47-51. ISBN 978-1598510270
  • K.P. Wee: No Runs, No Wins, No Glory: A Look Back at Tom Candiotti's Frustrating 1993 Season,, Raleigh, NC, 2008. ISBN 978-1435742970
  • K.P. Wee: Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2014. ISBN 978-0786494255

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