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Danny Frisella: Former Italian / American Mets Pitcher (1967-1972)

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Daniel Vincent Frisella was born March 4, 1946, in San Francisco, California to an Italian American fire fighter & Irish American mother.  The six-foot right hander first attended the College of San Mateo, & then Washington State University. He became the first player drafted from the school that later produced future Mets John Olerud, Doug Sisk, Mike Kinkade as well as long time Dodger Ron Cey.  Frisella was first drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1965 but did not sign as he wanted to finish his education. That year he pitched with Tom Seaver for Fairbanks Alaska leading the team to a championship. Frisella was then drafted by the New York Mets in the third round of the 1966 draft. The popular forkball / curve ball pitcher was nicknamed Bear. Military Service: Frisella served as a member of the Air National Guard. In 1967 he was 11-5 jumping through the ranks of the minor leagues posting a 1.88 ERA. He would bounce back & forth to the minors over the next four years

John Cangelosi: 1990's Italian/American Brooklyn Born Mets Player (1994)

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John Anthony Cangelosi was born on March 10, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. The five-foot eight-inch, switch hitting Italian American, played hard to make up for his short size. After attending Miami Dade Community College, he was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1982. At A-ball Appleton he stole 87 bases in the Mid-Western League, making the All-Star team there getting promoted quickly to AA. At AA Glen Falls, he hit .287 & was second in the league in stolen bases (65) & runs scored (91).  MLB Debut:  On June 30th, Cangelosi made his debut going 0-2 in a 4-3 loss to the Twins. He played in five games with the White Sox before going back down.  In 1986 he was the surprise of the White Sox Spring Training camp, taking the centerfield job away from future Met Daryl Boston & Rudy Law who was the next candidate.  Cangelosi played in 135 games that year, only hitting .235 but he stole 50 bases (second most in the AL). John walked 71 times with a .341 on base %, hit 16 doubl

Jack Fisher: 1960's Mets Pitcher Who Says He Started the Tradition Of Pitchers Warming Up In the Bullpen (1964-1967)

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John Howard Fisher known as "Fat Jack" , was born on March 4, 1939, in Frostburg, Maryland. The six-foot two right hander was signed out of high school in 1957, at Augusta, Georgia by the Baltimore Orioles.  In 1958 he won 14 games going 14-12 at the low levels of the minors' leagues, getting up to AAA Miami the following season. There he was 8-4 making it to the big leagues as part of the Orioles “kiddie corps” pitching staff, going 1-6 on the year. MLB Career: He made his debut in New York pitching three innings of relief allowing four runs on seven hits. He earned his first win pitching a three-hit shutout against the Chicago White Sox on September 11th. 1960 was his only winning season, as he went 12-11 with a 3.41 ERA, striking out 97 batters in 197 innings pitched.  Trivia: He went into the record books that season, giving up Ted Williams last career HR (#521) in Williams' final major league at bat. The next season he gave up another famous HR, this one w