Fred Caligiuri

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Fred Caligiuri
Born: (1918-10-22)October 22, 1918
West Hickory, Pennsylvania
Died: November 30, 2018(2018-11-30) (aged 100)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1941, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 1942, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record2-5
Earned run average4.52

Frederick John Caligiuri (October 22, 1918 – November 30, 2018) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played during 1941 and 1942 for the Philadelphia Athletics. Listed at 6' 0", 190 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.


A native of West Hickory, Pennsylvania, Caligiuri was one of many major leaguers who saw his baseball career interrupted by a stint in the United States Army during World War II. A late-season 1941 call-up from Wilmington of the Interstate League, he entered the baseball record books while starting the last game of the season against the Boston Red Sox at Shibe Park. It was the game in which Ted Williams finished the season with a .406. batting average, the most recent .400 average in the majors. Williams went 2-for-3 against Caligiuri, who did not yield a run until the ninth inning, and finished with a complete game, six-hit, 7–1 victory over Lefty Grove and the Red Sox. This game also marked the last start for Grove, who retired before the 1942 season.

Over parts of two seasons, Caligiuri posted a 2-5 record with a 4.52 ERA in 18 appearances, including seven starts, giving up 49 runs (nine unearned) on 90 hits and 32 walks while striking out 27 in 79 ⅔ innings of work. From 1943 to 1945 Caligiuri served in the military during World War II.[1] He was the last surviving retired MLB player who made his debut prior to the Pearl Harbor attack/US involvement in WWII.

Caligiuri died in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 30, 2018.[2] Caligiuri was recognized as the oldest living major league ballplayer until his death, with Tom Jordan succeeding him. He was the last surviving player to have played in the Major Leagues prior to the United States entering World War II. His wife of 73 years, Anne, died on October 11, 2014.[3][4]


  1. ^ The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 1112. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.
  2. ^ Services, Bauer Funeral and Cremation. "Obituary: Fred J. Caligiuri". Bauer Family Funeral Homes. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ Anne Caligiuri's obituary
  4. ^ The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 1112. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.

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Preceded by
Chuck Stevens
Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
May 28, 2018 – November 30, 2018
Succeeded by
Tom Jordan