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Thomas Vardasco Robello

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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.

Robello went into scouting, first for the St. Louis Browns (1947-1953), then the St. Louis Cardinals (1954), New York Yankees (1955-1962), and finally the Reds (1965-1984).

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.

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Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
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

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