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John Antonelli

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John Lawrence Antonelli

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Biographical Information[edit]

John Antonelli started his career as a player-manager in the KITTY League in 1935, when he was not even 20 years old! He is mentioned in the song "Van Lingle Mungo" by David Frishberg, although most listeners think the reference is to his more famous quasi-namesake Johnny Antonelli. The song is clearly about ballplayers from the 1940s, a period when John was active in the major leagues, but not Johnny, who came up in the early 1950s.

After his playing days ended, he managed the Memphis Blues from 1969 to 1972, the Tidewater Tides in 1973 and 1974, and the Jackson Mets in 1975 and 1976. He was a roving instructor in the New York Mets organization following his Jackson time until 1985.

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1935 Lexington Giants KITTY League 43-36 5th none
1936 Lexington Giants KITTY League 3rd none replaced Dick Stewart
1937 Union City Greyhounds KITTY League 73-46 1st St. Louis Cardinals Lost in 1st round
1950 Hot Springs Bathers Cotton States League 77-60 3rd Chicago White Sox League Champs
1970 Memphis Blues Texas League 69-67 3rd New York Mets Lost League Finals
1971 Memphis Blues Dixie Association 69-70 4th New York Mets
1972 Memphis Blues Texas League 75-64 3rd New York Mets
1973 Tidewater Tides International League 75-70 5th New York Mets Lost in 1st round
1974 Tidewater Tides International League 57-82 7th New York Mets
1975 Jackson Mets Texas League 65-65 4th New York Mets
1976 Jackson Mets Texas League 69-66 4th New York Mets

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jim Sweetman: "John Antonelli", in Bill Nowlin, ed.: Van Lingle Mungo: The Man, The Song, The Players, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 171-175. ISBN 978-1-933599-76-2

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