Ralph Mauriello

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Ralph Mauriello

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Right-hander Ralph Mauriello from Brooklyn, NY, pitched in three games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in September of 1958 in their first season in Los Angeles. He was nicknamed "Tami" after a boxer named "Tami" Mauriello, who had once fought heavyweight champion Joe Louis. An 18-game winner for the Mobile Bears of the Southern Association in 1955, Ralph recalled some advice from veteran Dodgers pitcher Carl Erskine who told him: "You throw bullets, you don't have to try and throw the ball through the catcher. Just get it to him." In Ralph's short and only stretch with the Dodgers, one was his number, as he went 1-1 with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings.

The 6' 3" pitcher had signed as an amateur free agent with the Brooklyn Dodgers before the 1952 season and spent six years in the minors before his two week-stay in Los Angeles. "Tami" had three good seasons prior to his big league appearance, going 9-6 in 1954 with the Asheville Tourists of the class B Tri-State League, then his career year with Mobile in 1955 where he was 18-8 plus 4 wins in the playoffs, and a 11-5 season with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League prior to his stop with the major league Dodgers in 1958.

He wouldn't get another shot at the majors and spent the last three years of his pro baseball time with the Victoria Rosebuds of the Texas League, the Spokane Indians of the PCL and wound up his time in 1960, going 7-5 with the Montreal Royals of the International League. Ralph had spent eight seasons in the minors and wound up his career with a 75-68 record and a 3.44 ERA.

Ralph was a graduate in electrical engineering of the University of Southern California who later earned his master's degree in computer design. As of last notice he was residing in Moorpark, CA, and was a computer system designer for Litton Data Systems, before retiring in 2002.


Baseball Players of the 1950s

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