May 3, 1916|
|Died: March 31, 1992
|April 18, 1939, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 31, 1951, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||25|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kenneth Joseph Silvestri (May 3, 1916 – March 31, 1992) was an American professional baseball player, coach and manager. During his 16-year playing career, he was a backup catcher in the Major Leagues over eight seasons scattered between 1939 through 1951, appearing for the Chicago White Sox (1939–40), New York Yankees (1941; 1946–47) and Philadelphia Phillies (1950–51). As a big leaguer, Silvestri was a .217 hitter with 44 hits, 11 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 25 RBI in 102 games played.
Silvestri was born in Chicago and attended Purdue University. A switch-hitter who threw right-handed, he stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg). He served in the United States Army during World War II.
Following his MLB career, he managed in the minor leagues in the Yankee farm system and coached for the Phillies (1952–53; 1959–60), Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1963–75) and the White Sox (1976; 1982). He also managed the Atlanta Braves for the final three games of the 1967 season after skipper Billy Hitchcock was fired. The Braves lost all three games Silvestri managed.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers
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