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Rico

A sure-handed shortstop with power, Petrocelli spent his entire 14-year career with the Red Sox before retiring in 1977.

Rico Petrocelli, the youngest of seven children, was born to Italian immigrants in Brooklyn, NY in 1943. He was an all-scholastic athlete in both basketball and baseball at Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay High School. The two time all-star played in two World Series, and set an American League Record for shortstops by hitting 40 home runs in 1969— a record that stood for nearly three decades. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Career

In 1968 and 1969 Petrocelli led the league shortstops in fielding percentage. In 1969 he set a record of 40 home runs by a shortstop. He had another good season in 1970, hitting 29 home runs and a career-high 103 RBI.

From SS to 3rd Base

In 1971, Petrocelli moved to third base. At his new position he once again was the leader in fielding percentage making only 11 errors in 463 total chances for a fielding percentage of .976. In the 1975 Fall Classic, which Boston lost to the Cincinnati Reds, Petrocelli hit .308 with four RBI and three runs, and played errorless defense. Petrocelli holds the fourth-best, all-time fielding percentage for third-basemen.

All-Star Player

In 1967 Petrocelli was selected to the All-Star game during the Carl Yastrzemski-led Red Sox’ “Impossible Dream” year. In Game 6 of the World Series, he belted two home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Second Act

After retiring as an active player, Petrocelli managed in the minor leagues for both the Red Sox and Chicago White Sox and also worked as a broadcaster in radio and TV. He founded a marketing business based in New England which his son, Mike, now owns and runs. The father of four grown sons, Rico and his wife Elsie, reside in Nashua, NH.

baseball By the Numbers

Stats

After a series of injuries, Petrocelli retired at the end of the 1976 season. In his career, Petrocelli hit 210 home runs with 773 RBI and 653 runs in 1553 games.

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