Chuck Aleno

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Charles Aleno

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Biographical Information[edit]

In 1937, the Cincinnati Reds signed Chuck Aleno and shipped him 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 on the farm, Aleno got his chance with the major league Reds in 1941. He started his career with 4 consecutive multi-hit games, setting the record for longest hitting streak to start a career (17 games) (tied by David Dahl in 2016). Despite his hot start, he hit only .243 in 54 games that season. He played parts of the next four seasons with the Reds as an infielder, with only two games in the outfield. He appeared in 118 games, batting .209 (67-for-320). 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 well-traveled from 1945 through 1953, 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. Chuck's minor league record shows that he played in 1,764 games, batting .285 while slugging .404 (1,816-for 6,189) with 283 doubles, 49 triples and 158 home runs. Aleno's best season was probably with the 1949 Fort Lauderdale Braves where he hit .303, slugged .529 and belted 31 homers among his 155 hits. Aleno's pitching record came during the last six seasons of his career, 6-8, 3.73 with 250 innings in 79 games. In the six seasons that Aleno served as manager, he had only one winning season, 1948 with the Lakeland Pilots of the Class C Florida International League, who finished third (82-72).

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1948 Lakeland Pilots Florida International League 59-46 3rd none Lost in 1st round replaced Bill Perrin (23-26) on May 26
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 21-51 8th none replaced Ed Goosetree (1-10) on June 26
1952 Sanford Seminole Blues Florida State League 64-70 6th none
1953 Lakeland Pilots Florida State League 27-39 8th none replaced Peter Kantor (3-9) on June 23


SABR Minor League Data base
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, Third Edition

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