Nick Testa

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Nick Testa
Catcher
Born: (1928-06-29)June 29, 1928
New York City, New York
Died: November 16, 2018(2018-11-16) (aged 90)
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 23, 1958, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
April 23, 1958, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Games played1
At bats0
hits0
Teams

Nicholas Testa (June 29, 1928 – November 16, 2018) was a professional baseball catcher and coach. He played briefly in both Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball.

Biography[edit]

Testa was born in New York, to Italian immigrants, and was raised in the Bronx.[1] He began his professional career in 1946 at the age of 17 with the Newburgh Hummingbirds.

Testa had one of the briefest major league careers ever. He played just one inning of one game for the San Francisco Giants in 1958, never coming to bat in the major leagues. In his one chance on defense, he committed an error.[2] Later that season, Testa was named the team's bullpen coach.[3]

Testa played for several more seasons in the minor leagues, eventually making his way to Japan in 1962. That year, he played in 57 games for the Daimai Orions, batting .136 with five RBI.[4] Testa later served as a coach for the St. Lucie Legends in the Senior Professional Baseball Association during their lone year of existence in 1989. He also coached baseball at Lehman College.[1]

After retiring from Lehman, Testa joined the New York Yankees as their batting practice coach, serving on five World Championship Teams. Testa died in 2018 at his home in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, at the age of 90.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Obituary. USobit.com. Retrieved on November 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Nick Testa". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  3. ^ "Giants All-Time coaches". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
  4. ^ Japanese batting stats

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