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Valentine John Picinich

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Val Picinich played catcher for 18 seasons in the majors, never getting as many as 100 games in any one season. He broke in with the 1916 Philadelphia Athletics, a team which featured the 41-year-old Nap Lajoie (Lajoie had broken in before Picinich was born), and ended his career with the 1933 Pittsburgh Pirates, a team which featured the 21-year-old Arky Vaughan (who was four years old when Picinich broke in).

Val's New York Times obituary indicates he attended Princeton University for one year before signing with the Athletics. He played in Atlanta in 1917-18. After his major league days he managed in the minors (Milford and Allentown), owned a chicken farm, and worked for the Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, ME.

After his playing career ended, he was a Cincinnati Reds coach in 1934. He then managed the 1935 Charleston Senators, 1938-1939 Milford Giants and 1940 Allentown Wings.

[edit] Year-by-Year Minor League Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1935 Charleston Senators Middle Atlantic League 7th Detroit Tigers replaced Russ Young July 1
1938 Milford Giants Eastern Shore League 60-52 3rd New York Giants lost in first round
1939 Milford Giants Eastern Shore League 7th New York Giants replaced Earl Smith
1940 Allentown Wings Interstate League 19-29 -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced by Bobby Barr (21-53) on June 25

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