Valentine John Picinich
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 165 lb.
- School Princeton University
- Debut July 25, 1916
- Final Game August 28, 1933
- Born September 8, 1896 in New York, NY USA
- Died December 5, 1942 in Nobleboro, ME USA
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 Philadelphia Athletics in 1916, on a team which featured the 41-year-old Nap Lajoie (Lajoie had broken in before Picinich was born), and ended his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933, on a team which featured the 21-year-old Arky Vaughan (who was four years old when Picinich broke in).
Val's obituary in the New York Times indicates he attended Princeton University for one year before signing with the Athletics and going straight to the majors. He then played with the Atlanta Crackers in 1917 and 1918 buts also saw major league time both years. After his major league days he managed in the minors (with the Milford Giants and Allentown Wings), owned a chicken farm, and worked for the Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, ME.
Year-by-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|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|