Thomas Vardasco Robello
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10½", Weight 175 lb.
- Debut August 13, 1933
- Final Game September 29, 1934
- Born February 9, 1913 in Pahala, HI USA
- Died December 25, 1994 in Fort Worth, TX USA
Tommy Robello played briefly for the Cincinnati Reds in 1933 and 1934 but gained greater fame during a long career in the minors. The slugger won five home run titles in the minors in six years. In 1937, he led East Texas League with 33, and the next season he retained his crown with 38. In 1939, he moved to the Pioneer League and paced the circuit with 58. He also led the league in 1940 with 22 and in 1942 with 20. He also led in RBI in 1937 (130), 1938 (146), and 1940 (179).
Robello missed the 1943-1945 seasons due to military service.
Tony Robello is widely credited with helping to scout and find many of the famous "Big Red Machine." While he grew up in the Bay Area and was long listed as being born in San Leandro, CA, census and baptismal records indicate that he was in fact born in Hawaii.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1937||Jacksonville Jax||East Texas League||85-55||2nd||St. Louis Cardinals||League Champs|
|1938||Jacksonville Jax||East Texas League||58-82||8th||St. Louis Cardinals|
|1939||Pocatello Cardinals||Pioneer League||68-56||2nd||St. Louis Cardinals||none|
|1940||Salt Lake City Bees||Pioneer League||79-51||1st||San Francisco Seals||Lost in 1st round|
|1941||Salt Lake City Bees||Pioneer League||68-60||3rd||none||Lost in 1st round|
|1942||Twin Falls Cowboys||Pioneer League||51-67||5th||none|
|1946||Springfield Browns||Three-I League||58-67||6th||St. Louis Browns|