Rich Giacchetti

From BR Bullpen

Richard Giacchetti listed as Riccardo in Italian sources, born as Richard Giachetti

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Rich Giacchetti starred in baseball and football at Tufts; his 2.27 career ERA was second in school history when he graduated. His 56 receptions in 1969 were a school record for 30 years. He succeeded Herb Erickson as head coach in 1974 after Erickson died and went 10-15 in 1975, his only full year at the helm. Giacchetti was originally known as Rich Giachetti; one of the Cs had dropped at some point in family history and Rich restored it when he moved to Italy in 1976 to play baseball.

Giacchetti pitched in Italy for Fortitudo Bologna in 1976. He went 12-4 with a 1.85 ERA, completing 13 of 19 games. He allowed a .217/.298/.248 batting line with 156 K but 64 BB and 15 WP in 146 1/3 IP. He was third in the league in wins (4 behind Daniele Miele and Claudio Scerrato), tied for first in complete games, was third in innings, led in wild pitches but also led in strikeouts (two ahead of Miele).

Rich was 11-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 134 K in 130 1/3 IP for Bologna in 1977 between Serie A and the Poule Scudetto. He was then part of the splendid staff that pitched Italy to the title in the 1977 European Championship, going 1-0 with a 0.81 ERA and 10 K in 11 1/3 IP (8 BB, 5 H). He was 1 for 4 with a walk, two runs and a RBI at the plate.

He later taught at his alma mater and at Mexico's Monterrey Institute of Technology, then worked as Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Santa Clara University.