July 7, 1923|
Wallington, New Jersey
|Died: July 6, 1998
Old Bridge Township, New Jersey
|September 14, 1949 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Last MLB appearance
|May 12, 1951 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||8|
Edward Robert ("Butch") Sanicki (July 7, 1923 – July 6, 1998) was an American professional baseball player. An outfielder, he appeared in 20 Major League games for the 1949 and 1951 Philadelphia Phillies. Born in Wallington, New Jersey, he attended Clifton High School, and threw and batted right-handed; he stood 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).
Sanicki signed with the Phillies after serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II. On September 14, 1949 — in his first at-bat in the Major Leagues — he hit a three-run home run off Rip Sewell of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1950, during spring training, he injured his knee. Although he made the Phils in 1951, his final major-league game was on May 12. During his two MLB trials, Sanicki registered only 17 at bats — but of his five hits, three were home runs and one was a double.
He died on July 6, 1998, in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and is buried at Holy Cross Burial Park, East Brunswick, N.J.
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- Singerman, Philip. "FIELD OF DREAMS THIS BASEBALL SEASON, THESE THREE MEN SHARE LIFE IN THE MINOR LEAGUES. BUT THEIR SIGHTS ARE SET HIGHER:TWO IN THE FUTURE, ONE IN THE PAST.", Orlando Sentinel, August 11, 1985. Accessed February 15, 2011. ""It's always that way for Oujo, 26, a native of Old Bridge N.J. now in his fifth season as a professional umpire... His next door neighbor Ed Sanicki a former major-league player with the Philadelphia Phillies told him that umpiring Little League games would be a much better way to earn extra money than working in a McDonald's..."
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- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference