Tony Criscola

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Anthony Paul Criscola

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Tony Criscola was an outfielder in the major leagues during World War II, getting 367 at bats over three years. His debut in the majors came in 1942 with the St. Louis Browns, when he played 91 games and hit .297 as the fifth outfielder. In 1943, he hit only .154 in 29 games with the Browns. With the Cincinnati Reds in 1944, he hit .229 in 64 games as their fifth outfielder.

He is the most prominent of the three major league players to hail from Walla Walla, WA. He attended Whitman College from 1934-1935, and is the only major leaguer to come from Whitman. He was with the Toledo Mud Hens in 1940, 1941, and 1943. He roomed in the Pacific Coast League with Lou Novikoff, the "Mad Russian". Criscola told Dick Dobbins for his book "The Grand Minor League": "I roomed with Lou's clothing. I don't know what he did or where he went. I know he was often coming in when I was getting up."

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