Mel Mazzera

Mel Mazzera
Mel Mazzera
Outfielder
Born: January 31, 1914(1914-01-31)
Stockton, California
Died: December 17, 1997(1997-12-17) (aged 83)
Stockton, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
September 9, 1935 for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1940 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average     .268
Home runs     10
Runs batted in     66

Melvin Leonard "Mike" Mazzera (January 31, 1914 – December 17, 1997) is a former professional baseball player. In an 11-year career, Mazzera participated in five Major League seasons: four with the St. Louis Browns and one with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was officially listed as standing 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and weighing 180 pounds (82 kg).[1]

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Biography

Early life

Mazzera was born "Melvin Leonard Mazzera"[2] on January 31, 1914, in Stockton, California.[3]

Career

In 1933, Mazzera began his professional baseball career playing for the C-level San Antonio Missions. That year, Mazzera also played for the Baton Rouge Solons of the Dixie League, recording a combined batting average of .320 in 124 games played. Mazzera continued his minor-league career in 1934, playing for both the Palestine Pals of Palestine, Texas, and the San Antonio Missions. In 1935, Mazzera participated in 154 games for the San Antonio Missions while making his Major League debut for the St. Louis Browns on September 9, 1935. For his debut, Mazzera replaced Ed Coleman as a pinch runner.[4]

Mazzera spent the entire 1936 season and the majority of the 1937 season with the San Antonio Missions, recording 96 hits, 13 doubles, and four home runs for the Missions in 1936 while recording 134 hits and nine home runs for them in 1937.[5]

Mazzera's 1938 season was spent with the St. Louis Browns. In 86 games played, Mazzera batted for a .279 average with six home runs and twenty-five strikeouts, helping the Browns to finish seventh in the American League with a 55-97 record.[6] Mazzera played in 33 games for the Browns, but also played for the Philadelphia Phillies double-A affiliate, the Toronto Maple Leafs, later that season. Mazzera made his Philies debut in 1940, playing in 69 games for the Phillies. In his only season as a Phillie, Mazzera recorded a .237 batting average with fifteen strikeouts, nineteen walks, and thirteen runs batted in.

In 1940, Mazzera was signed by the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. Mazzera played for the Padres in the 1941, 1942, and 1944 seasons. In 1942, Mazzera led the Padres in home runs, runs batted in, doubles, and triples[7], leading to the observance of a "Mel Mazzera Day" on August 30, 1942.[8]

After baseball

Mazzera died on December 17, 1997, in Stockton, California, and was buried in San Joaquin Cemetery in Stockton.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Mel Mazzera Statistics and History – Baseball-Reference.com". baseball-reference.com. 2011 [last update]. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mazzeme01.shtml. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gammons, Peter (2006). Pete Palmer, Gary Gillette, Stuart Shea. ed. The 2006 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling. p. 439. ISBN 1402736258. http://books.google.com/books?id=eUe37F9gN00C&source=gbs_navlinks_s. 
  3. ^ "Mel Mazzera Statistics – The Baseball Cube". thebaseballcube.com. 2011 [last update]. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/profile.asp?P=Mel-Mazzera. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: St. Louis Browns 5, Philadelphia Athletics 1". Retrosheet. 2011 [last update]. http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1935/B09090PHA1935.htm. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mel Mazzera Minor League Statistics & History – Baseball-Reference.com". baseball-reference.com. 2011 [last update]. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=mazzer001mel. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ "1938 St. Louis Browns Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com". baseball-reference.com. 2011 [last update]. http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SLB/1938.shtml. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ "1942 San Diego Padres Statistics -- Minor Leagues – Baseball-Reference.com". baseball-reference.com. 2011 [last update]. http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/team.cgi?id=570e6c0b. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mel Mazzera". San Diego History Center. 2011 [last update]. http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/95winter/mazzera.htm. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 

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