Former Italian / American Player of the Day: Pete Incaviglia (1986-1998)
Peter Joseph Incaviglia, known as “Inky” was born on April 2, 1964 in Pebble Beach, California. His dad played for the Brooklyn Dodgers system in the 1950's & his brother played minor league baseball as well.
Inky attended Oklahoma State University & was one of college baseballs all time biggest HRs hitters. He blasted 100 HRs in 213 games with a careeer slugging % of .915%. In 1985, his junior year, he setting a record that still stands today hitting 48 HRs, & 143 RBIs, all in just 75 games.
Inky led his team to three straight, College World Series, getting elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
The next year he returned with the Phillies, but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles with Todd Zeile that August in exchange for Garrett Stephenson & Calvin Maduro. He was a reserve player for 48 games batting .246.
Inky would bounce around with the AL New York team (1997-five games) & again with the Tigers & Astros in 1998 (20 games). Physically he suffered from weight issues retiring at the end of that season.
In 12 seasons he hit 206 HRs with 1043 hits 194 doubles 655 RBIs batting .246 with 1277 strike outs in 4233 at bats.
Retirement: After his playing days he has coached for the AA ball Erie Seawolves from 2003-2006. Since then he coached in the Independent League at Durham, North Carolina & currentlt for the Laredo Lemurs in Louisiana.
Trivia: The Pete Incaviglia Rule was put into effect by MLB as a rule whereby a team cannot trade a drafted player until he has been under contract to the club for at least one year.