Milo Candini

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“We couldn’t have won the pennant without me.” - Milo Candini, responding to why he deserved a raise from Philadelphia Phillies owner Bob Carpenter, following a 1-0, 2.70 season in 1950, when the Whiz Kids won the NL pennant by one game

Pitcher Milo Candini signed with the New York Yankees as a high schooler and played several years in their farm system before being traded to the Washington Senators in 1943. He made his big league debut that season and was a solid 11-7, 2.49 with 3 shutouts in 28 games (166 innings). He remained with the Sens through 1949 with the exception of 1945, when he served in the Army during World War II from March 1945 to February 1946. After his torrid start, he only won 13 more games in D.C., moving to the bullpen beginning in 1946. Candini was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies after the 1949 season and pitched 33 times with the team over two seasons, including 15 times during the Whiz Kids wild ride to the 1950 pennant. He returned to the minors in 1952, pitching in the Pacific Coast League until his retirement in 1953.

After his baseball career, Candini owned a liquor store in his hometown. He died of prostate cancer in 1998 at age 80.

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