Val Picinich

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Valentine John Picinich

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Biographical Information[edit]

Val Picinich played catcher for 18 seasons in the majors, never getting as many as 100 games in any one season. He broke in with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1916, on a team which featured the 41-year-old Nap Lajoie (Lajoie had broken in before Picinich was born), and ended his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933, on a team which featured the 21-year-old Arky Vaughan (who was four years old when Picinich broke in).

Val's obituary in the New York Times indicates he attended Princeton University for one year before signing with the Athletics and going straight to the majors. He then played with the Atlanta Crackers in 1917 and 1918 buts also saw major league time both years. After his major league days he managed in the minors (with the Milford Giants and Allentown Wings), owned a chicken farm, and worked for the Bath Iron Works Corporation in Bath, ME.

After his playing career ended, he was a Cincinnati Reds coach in 1934.

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

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1935 Charleston Senators Middle Atlantic League 7th Detroit Tigers replaced Russ Young July 1
1938 Milford Giants Eastern Shore League 60-52 3rd New York Giants lost in first round
1939 Milford Giants Eastern Shore League 7th New York Giants replaced Earl Smith
1940 Allentown Wings Interstate League 19-29 -- St. Louis Cardinals -- replaced by Bobby Barr (21-53) on June 25

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