Ernie Fazio

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Ernie Fazio
Ernie Fazio 1963.jpg
Second baseman
Born: (1942-01-25)January 25, 1942
Oakland, California
Died: December 1, 2017(2017-12-01) (aged 75)
Danville, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 3, 1962, for the Houston Colt .45s
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1966, for the Kansas City Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average.182
Home runs2
Runs batted in8

Ernest Joseph Fazio (January 25, 1942 – December 1, 2017) was an American professional baseball second baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Colt .45s (1962–63) and Kansas City Athletics (1966). Fazio attended Santa Clara University, threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) tall and weighed 165 pounds (75 kg).[1]

Fazio signed with the Colt .45s and split his first professional season, 1962, between Houston's first-ever National League team and its Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers. In 1963, he was able to play in 102 games for Houston by filling in at second base, third base and shortstop. He hit both of his major league home runs in that year, off lefthanders Denny Lemaster and Hall of Famer Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves.

After the 1965 season, he was the "player to be named later" in an earlier trade that sent Houston pitcher Jesse Hickman to the Athletics for slugger Jim Gentile. Despite his small stature, Fazio had shown power that year by hitting 23 home runs for Oklahoma City. He played in 27 games for the Athletics as a backup infielder during the 1966 season.

All told, Fazio appeared in 141 MLB games, and garnered 50 hits in 274 at bats.


  1. ^ "Ernie Fazio's Obituary on East Bay Times". East Bay Times. Retrieved December 7, 2017.

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