Santy Gallone

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Santino N. Gallone

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Second baseman Santy Gallone played in the minor leagues from 1993 to 1995.

He hit .369 in his career at Fordham and set school records for runs, hits and total bases. He twice was named Patriot League Player of the Year and would be inducted into the Fordham Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000. He began his pro career with the independent Sioux Falls Canaries, hitting .319/.425/.472 with 75 hits, 15 doubles, 13 stolen bases (in 14 tries) and 51 runs scored in 65 games. He finished second in the Northern League in runs, behind Rick Hirtensteiner's 52. He was also 9th in doubles, tied for 9th in homers (7), tied for 9th in steals and tied Frank Charles for 10th in RBI (37).

Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies for 1994, Gallone hit .282/.367/.413 with 96 hits, 27 doubles and 52 runs scored for their Single-A affiliate, the Spartanburg Phillies. He fielded .974 as their main second baseman. He hit .244/.377/.367 with 69 hits and 47 walks in 90 games for the Advanced Class-A Clearwater Phillies in 1995, backing up Manny Amador at 2B and Scott Rolen at 3B. It would be his final minor league season. He injured his shoulder while sliding one game and did not recover.

Overall, Gallone hit .279/.386/.414 with 240 hits, 57 doubles, 148 runs and 24 steals (in 30 tries) and 119 walks in 258 games over three seasons.

He died in a construction accident on March 15, 2008 at the age of 36. He had volunteered to help a friend who needed an extra worker at the building site; a large crane fell over 40 stories to kill several people. His college teammates set up a college fund for Gallone's young daughter.

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