John Boccabella

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John Boccabella
Born: (1941-06-29) June 29, 1941 (age 73)
San Francisco, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1963 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 19, 1974 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
Batting average .219
Home runs 26
Runs batted in 148

John Dominic Boccabella (born June 29, 1941) was a major league baseball catcher, infielder and outfielder during 1963-1974, with the Chicago Cubs, Montreal Expos and San Francisco Giants.

Boccabella was signed by the Cubs in 1963 and assigned to the Pocatello Chiefs, a Cubs farm team in the Pioneer League. He was brought up to the major leagues at the end of the season, and despite hailing from San Francisco, the Cubs' radio announcers dubbed him "Boccabella from 'Pocatella'".[citation needed]

Boccabella was drafted from the Cubs by the Expos in the 1968 expansion draft, and it was here that his career blossomed as a "super-sub", and his name continued to draw attention.

After five seasons in Montreal, Boccabella was traded to the Giants for pitcher Don Carrithers. After one season with his hometown team, during which he batted just .138 in 29 games, Boccabella retired.


After baseball Bocabella lived in Marin County, California with his wife Joyce. He worked as a marketing representative for Pacific Gas and Electric for 19 years and retired in 1993.[1]


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