Larry Ciaffone

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Lawrence Thomas Ciaffone
(Symphony Larry)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9½", Weight 185 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder/Catcher Larry Ciaffone was signed as an amateur free agent by the Brooklyn Dodgers before the 1946 season and played one year with the Newport News Dodgers in the Piedmont League where he hit .281 with 6 homers in 136 games. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals on November 5, 1946 in the minor league draft. Larry spent five years in the minors (1946-1950) before getting a call from the major league Cardinals in 1951.

Larry had a top-notch year in 1948 when he hit a league-leading .373 with 14 homers for the Allentown Cardinals of the Interstate League and was the chosen catcher for the All-Star team. Again with Allentown in 1949 he hit for a .323 average with 15 homers and the following year had another good season with the Rochester Red Wings, helping his team to the International League pennant, hitting .324 with 10 four-baggers in 1950.

Larry was a career minor leaguer with the exception of his brief five-game stay with the Cardinals in 1951, during which he went hitless in five at-bats and made but one putout in the outfield. Ciaffone spent the rest of 1951 with Rochester where he finished up the year with a .240 average. Larry played four more seasons in the high minors, having a good year in 1953 with the Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League hitting .304 in 141 games. Larry finished out his 10 active minor league playing years at age 30 in 1955 with the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern Association. His final minor league stats show that he ended with a career .304 batting average with 65 home runs in 978 games.

Larry remained in baseball as a scout for the Cardinals and the New York Mets and also worked with former Boston Braves star outfielder Tommy Holmes in Brooklyn, NY youth baseball programs. He also owned a Brooklyn restaurant for several years and later worked in sales for the Pitney-Bowles Corporation. Ciaffone died in Brooklyn on December 14, 1991 at age 67.


Baseball Players of the 1950s

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