All Those In Favor Of Carl Furillo For Baseball’s Hall Of Fame? Say I-talian!

Ebbetts_Furillo“The Reading Rifle” was considered one of the best rightfielders of his time.

Carl Furillo played his entire 15-year career with the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, participating in seven World Series and finishing with a career batting average of .299.

He won the National League batting title in 1953 with a .344 average. In the field, he played the problematic rightfield wall in Ebbetts Field with brilliance. He hit 192 home runs and had 1,058 runs batted in.

As one of the star players for the Dodger team recalled in Roger Kahn’s book “The Boys of Summer”, he was a member of the only Brooklyn team that won the World Series in 1955.

His 1960 release from Los Angeles due to injury left him better for not qualifying for higher pension. He sued the team for back pay and felt this prevented him from future consideration within the coaching ranks. Perhaps it even discredited him from recognition of what he accomplished on the field.

Furillo was named to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 but enshrinement in Cooperstown is the missing jewel of baseball’s forgotten man.

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