Jerry Casale

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Jerry Casale
Jerry Casale 1960.jpg
Born: (1933-09-27)September 27, 1933
Brooklyn, New York
Died: February 9, 2019(2019-02-09) (aged 85)
Paramus, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1958, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 22, 1962, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record17–24
Earned run average5.08

Jerry Joseph Casale (September 27, 1933 – February 9, 2019) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three teams between 1958 and 1962. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 200 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.

Early life[edit]

Casale was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent before the 1952 season, receiving a signing bonus of $30,000. He was one of nine spring training recruits of the San Jose Red Sox who had received signing bonuses, which earned the team the nickname "Gold Sox". Of those nine players, only Casale, Marty Keough, and Jerry Zimmerman made it to the major leagues.[1]

Casale in the minor league once hit a 560-foot home run while with the San Francisco Seals.[2]

Casale reached the majors in 1958 (he spent two years in the military). He was with the Red Sox for three years. In his first game as a starter he pitched against the Washington Senators and the Red Sox won 7–3. Casale struck out eight and also hit a three run home run.[3]

He was with the Red Six for three years before moving to the Los Angeles Angels (1961) and then was traded to the Detroit Tigers (1961–1962) for Jim Donohue.[4] While with the Angels he gave up the first home run for then Red Sox rookie Carl Yastrzemski.[5]

His most productive season in the major leagues came in 1959 with Boston, when he recorded career-highs in wins (13), strikeouts (93), earned run average (ERA) (4.31), complete games (9), innings pitched (179​23), and collected two three-hit shutouts against the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. His .619 win–loss percentage ranked him 10th in the American League.

In a five-season career, Casale posted a 17–24 record with 207 strikeouts in 370​13 innings. He also helped himself with the bat, hitting .216 (25-for-116) with four home runs and 15 runs batted in.

After baseball Casale went into the restaurant business. He opened a restaurant in Manhattan called Murray's with former New York Mets players Art Shamsky and Ron Darling, and later opened an Italian restaurant called Pino's on 34th Street in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan.[6]

Casale lived for a time in Staten Island and resided in Secaucus, New Jersey.[7]

Casale died February 9, 2019.[8]


  1. ^ Kelley, Brent.Baseball's Biggest Blunder: The Bonus Rule of 1953–1957. Scarecrow Press, 1997, page 15
  2. ^ Jacobs and McGuire. San Francisco Seals. Arcadia, 2005, page 8
  3. ^ Fehler, Gene. When Baseball Was Still King: Major League Players Remember the 1950s. McFarland, 2012, page 96
  4. ^ Sargent, Jim. The Tigers and Yankees in ’61: A Pennant Race for the Ages, the Babe’s Record Broken and Stormin’ Norman’s Greatest Season. McFarland, 2016, page 105
  5. ^ Buckley, Steve. Boston Red Sox: Where Have You Gone? 2005, page 138
  6. ^ Buckley, Steve. Boston Red Sox: Where Have You Gone? 2005, page 139
  7. ^ Wright, E. Assata (October 10, 2010). "A MLB player in winter". The Union City Reporter. pp. 5, 19.
  8. ^ Jerry Casale's Obituary

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