Pete Castiglione

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Peter Paul Castiglione

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pete Castiglione was a strong-armed third baseman who was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1940 season. He was assigned to the Hutchinson Pirates of the class C Western Association for his initial season. He appeared in 64 games, hitting for a .274 average and played the hot corner at a .901 fielding clip. He was with the class D Moultrie Packers for 92 games for part of 1941, hitting .280 and also played 23 contests with the Hutchinson team during the 1941 season.

Pete was with the class B Harrisburg Senators of the Interstate League for the 1942 season, appearing in 123 games, hitting for a .265 average and fielding at a .931 percentage. Castiglione was then in the United States Navy for three years during World War II before returning to his baseball career in 1946.

Back from the war for more baseball action, he spent 1946 with the class B Selma Cloverleafs where he appeared in 134 games and came within a few points of winning the batting title by hitting .342 along with 8 home runs. This performance elevated Pete to the AAA Indianapolis Indians where he hit .270 in 1947 and .308 in 1948; he also had brief stays in Pittsburgh both years.

Primarily a third sacker who could also play all over the infield and in the outfield, he became a regular for the Pirates from 1949 until 1953 and finished up his eight-year major league career the following season with the St. Louis Cardinals when he was traded to the Cardinals on June 14, 1943 for Hal Rice and cash. Pete finished with a career .255 batting average and fielded at a .959 percentage. Pete, who only hit 24 homers, had two of them in a game on August 26, 1951, as the Pirates rallied from a 9-2 deficit to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 12-11.

Castiglione spent four more seasons in baseball, playing mostly in the high minors, before retiring in 1958. He was 37 years old and had an active 16 years of professional baseball behind him.

Castiglione worked as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service from 1958 to 1986 and retired in Pompano Beach, Florida. He also coached baseball for a time and continued to participate in old-timers baseball games in Florida until he was in his sixties. He died in 2010 at age 89.

Baseball Players of the 1950s
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