Chuck Aleno

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Charles Aleno

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Biographical Information[edit]

In 1937 the Cincinnati Reds organization signed Chuck Aleno to a professional baseball contract and shipped him off to the Class D Florida State League DeLand Reds. This was to be the start of a seventeen-year tour of ten different leagues and eighteen different ball clubs.

After four seasons, Aleno got his chance with the major league Reds in 1941. He started his major league career with 4 consecutive multi-hit games. He continued on to set the current record for the longest hitting streak to start a career (17 games), a record which was tied by David Dahl in 2016. However, in spite of his hot start, he hit only .243 in 54 games that season. He played parts of the next four seasons with the Reds. In those four years he was used as an infielder, playing only two games in the outfield. He appeared in 118 games with 320 at bats getting 67 hits for a .209 BA and a .281 OBP. 1944 was his last chance in the majors and the next season, 1945 he was with the AAA Pacific Coast League Seattle Rainiers

Aleno was a much-traveled man from 1945 through the 1953 season, playing, (even pitching) and managing several minor league teams. From 1948 through 1951 he was a player-manager in the Class B Florida International League and pulled the same duty in the Class D Florida State League in 1952 and 1953.

Aleno's pitching record came during the last six seasons of his career, showing 6 wins and 8 losses, tossing 250 innings in 79 games. His ERA was a good 3.73.

Chuck's minor league record shows that he played in 1,764 games, had 6,189 at bats, 283 doubles, 49 triples and 158 home runs for a total of 1,816 base hits. This gave him a lifetime batting average of .285 and a .404 slugging percentage. Aleno's best season was probably with the 1949 Fort Lauderdale Braves where he had 155 base hits, including 31 home runs) and a .303 batting average along with a .529 slugging percentage.

In the six seasons that Aleno served as manager he had only one winning year, in 1948 with the Lakeland Pilots of the class C Florida International League who finished third with a 82-72 record.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1948 Lakeland Pilots Florida International League 3rd none Lost in 1st round replaced Bill Perrin on May 25
1949 Fort Lauderdale Braves Florida International League 65-88 6th none
1950 Fort Lauderdale Braves Florida International League 70-80 5th none
1951 Fort Lauderdale Braves Florida International League 8th none replaced Ed Goosetree on June 25
1952 Sanford Seminole Blues Florida State League 64-70 6th none
1953 Lakeland Pilots Florida State League 8th none replaced Peter Kantor on June 23

Sources[edit]

SABR Minor League Data base
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, Third Edition
baseball-reference.com

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