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Rico Petrocelli

Americo Peter Rico Petrocelli (born June 27, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American retired baseball shortstop and third baseman who played his entire career in the American League with the Boston Red Sox (1963–1976).

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with Ed Randall and Rico Petrocelli is live until 10amET! We'll talk home plate collisions w/ Buck Martinez and John Wathan
In the movie Fever Pitch, Jimmy Fallon has a Rico Petrocelli Red Sox jersey. I need this jersey.
We had a blast talking baseball with legend .
Red Sox Trivia In 1969 I hit .297, posted a slugging percentage of .589, and set an American League record by hitting 40 home runs at my position. I am seventh in Red Sox records for most home runs, RBI and extra-base hits. Who am I? Answer: RICO PETROCELLI
Today in Baseball History -- Dec. 1 -- from Mary Landers ... 1953 -- The Senators trade Jackie Jensen to the Red Sox for southpaw Maury McDermott and outfielder Tom Umphlett. The "Golden Boy" will win the American League Most Valuable Player award playing for Boston in 1958. 1954 -- The Yankees and Orioles complete the largest trade in major league history as 17 players, including Don Larsen, Gene Woodling, and Bob Turley change teams. The first phase of the transaction began November 18th and will conclude today after the major league draft. 1955 -- Right-hander Virgil Trucks returns to the Tigers in a trade for White Sox third baseman Bubba Phillips. The 38-year old 'Fire' will post a 6-5 record in his one-year return stint with the Detroit. 1956 -- In a unanimous vote, Frank Robinson is selected by the BBWAA as the National League Rookie of the Year. The 21-year old freshman Reds outfielder will become the first major leaguer to win the Most Valuable Player award in both leagues, the National League pr ...
Here's the all-time non-Hall of Fame lineup for the Boston Red Sox I compiled last year. These HOF eligible players were selected based on what they did for that team only. Starting Pitcher - Mel Parnell Catcher - Bill Carrigan First Base - Mo Vaughn Second Base - Mike Andrews Third Base - Larry Gardner Shortstop - Rico Petrocelli Left Field - Duffy Lewis Center Field - Fred Lynn Right Field - Dwight Evans
Rico Petrocelli is on Charlie Moore Outdoors so as an fpu student I'm obligated to watch it
Follow up - I think about the guy born in 1919, a lifelong Sox fan for 85 years, who passed away in the early summer of 2004, and never saw the Red Sox win a World Series. I think about Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Dewey Evans, Johnny Pesky, Tony Conigliaro, Rico Petrocelli, Jim Rice, Bill Mombouquette, Frank Malzone, Marty Barrett, and all the other former Sox players who played the game with passion and never won the last game of the season. And I think of my father who died on the day the Sox won the World Series in 2007. And now I am living in an era where the Sox have won three World Series championships in ten years. Its enough to make you believe in karma, to believe in redemption, to believe in happy endings and a better tomorrow.
Rico Petrocelli once killed an antelope from 100 yds away, buck naked, with a paddle-ball racquet. Mercy!
We're on live with Red Sox legend Rico Petrocelli talking about the Red Sox exciting win last night. You can use...
Join Dave Rattigan, Chris Mascaro and Bob Lazzari every Tuesday night from 7:00 - 8:00 PM Eastern time as they discuss all things Red Sox. Thier guest this week is Red Sox legend Rico Petrocelli. They will talk with Rico about the Red Sox exciting come from behind win Sunday night against the Tigers...
Rico Petrocelli signing autographs for charity...$12 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield today 10:30-12:30.
So I was at a networking function and I was talking to THE Rico Petrocelli. I asked him if he could hit today’s pitchers. He said absolutely, He said he could simply adjust to the junk they throw today. He said to me, “Kid, what you don’t realize is that in my day, it was accepted that if a pitcher saw a batter digging in, he would simply throw the ball at the batters head. The umpires did not protect the batters in my day as they do today. So you ask me if I could hit today’s pitchers,.. absolutely!”
Hmm so just found out rico petrocelli used to play for the sox.wish I knew that when I was talking to him at the waterfire
cool ,sunny fall day...somehow reminded me of a similar day long ago...Plunkett to Vataha TD...1st ever regular season game at Schaeffer Stadium.Darryl Lamonica, George BLanda,Warren Wells , Fred Biletnikoff, and the rest of the Oakland Raiders headed back to Cal. with a 21-6 loss to the mighty Boston Patriots.It was an easier life then.I actually went to the box office in the 3rd quarter and bought tickets for the Atlanta Falcons game and the Washington Redskin game that was coming in the next 2 weeks.(and I didn't need to take out a loan, either) lol.maybe next time I feel like reminiscing,I'll tell you about Havlicek,Jo-Jo White,Dave Cowens.or Carl Yastrzemski,Joe Foy,Jerry Adair,Rico Petrocelli and George "Boomer" Scott.or Cheevers,Derek Sanderson, Johnny Bucyk,Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito.I am so thankful I was alive during this stage of time,and got to see all these guys play in real life.Thanks for the memories, Father. :)
Today in 1967 World Series: Rico Petrocelli homers twice as Red Sox beat Cardinals 8-4 in Game 6
It's here! The full list of 2013 Hawk Harrelson superlatives. is the best blogger since Rico Petrocelli.
"Old-time New Englanders still recite Jose Tartabull’s throw (ChiSox outfielder Ken Berry was nailed at home plate on a great tag by Elston Howard), the Sox’ Aug. 20 comeback from 8-0 against the Angels to win, 9-8, and Yaz going 7 for 8 in the final two games at home against the Twins. We still remember Rich Rollins’s popup to Rico Petrocelli for the final out of the regular season. We remember the Sox in their Fenway locker room later that day, listening to honey-throat Ernie Harwell delivering the good news from Motown over the clubhouse radio (Angels over Tigers in the second game of a doubleheader). It can never be like that again. The ’67 Sox won the pennant after nearly two decades of mediocrity and bad baseball. The ’67 team drew a lofty 1.7 million fans two years after the Sox drew 652,201 for an entire season. In ’67 we watched the Triple Crown summer of Carl Yastrzemski unfold. Those were days when fans pulled their cars over at the entrance to the Callahan tunnel because the Sox we ...
INTRODUCING THE LONG "P" BASEBALL ALL-STARS Pitchers: Bud Podbielon, Spence Pumpelly, Boots Poffenberger, Arnold Portocarrero, Pretzels Pezzollo, Harry Perkowski, Stan Partenheimer, Augie Prudhomme. Catchers: A.J. Pierzynski, Biff Pocoroba, Joe Pignatano, Jim Pagliaroni. First Base; Joe Pepitone. Second Base: Paul Popovich. Third Base: Johnny Pesky. (Patron Saint of the Pesky Pole at Fenway Park) Shortstop: Rico Petrocelli. (Did you know Rico once stuffed United Airlines flight attendant in the overhead baggage shelf?) Utility IF: Eddie Pellagrini. Outfielders: Al Pilarcik, Tom Poquette, Jimmy Piersall, Lou Pinella. A man named Squiz Pillion played for the 1915 Philadelphia A's. I want SQUIZ to be the MANAGER of this team. The Great Herb Pennock will be the pitching coach. Pennock was known as the Knight of Kennett Square. He's in the Hall of Fame. We have omitted Milt Pappas because of the three "Ps" in his last name. And getting traded for Frank Robinson still sours folks in Cincinnati. Obviously, ther ...
Coach Mike Donnell once again proved how big a heart he has, when earlier this week he organized the visit of Red Sox legend Rico Petrocelli to PA. A long time friend of Coach, Petrocelli addressed the Varsity & JV baseball teams, relaying words of advice and motivation to our young ball players. Coach Donnell always seems to go out of his way, both on the field of sport and in the classroom to mentor and support our students. He is truly a hidden treasure at PA, even though he is impossible to miss with that booming voice and friendly presence!
Boston Baseball welcomes back Rico Petrocelli for another season. A two-time All-Star during his 12-year playing career with the Red Sox, and a key member of both the 1967 Impossible Dream and 1975 American League Champion Red Sox teams, Rico shares his thoughts on the Red Sox with us each month during the 2013 season.   [Continued] Boston Baseball:  Big Papi returned to the lineup on April 20 and made an immediate impact, going 14 for his first 27. What can you say about a guy who hasn’t swung a bat in a game since August, and he comes back and he’s absolutely ripping the ball? He’s right on everything!  How do you do that?   RP:  It’s not easy!  Hitting is timing, and he just seems to be able to come back right away.  The guy that he reminds me of in that respect is Fred Lynn.  Lynn could be on the disabled list, after crashing into a wall and hurting his shoulder, be out two weeks, come back, and in his first game he’d hit two home runs, knock in six runs — the first week back, he ...
Coming up at 8amET it's with Ed Randall and Rico Petrocelli! We'll be joined by former 1B/OF Pat Tabler at 9amET!
Not many good names on the Sox this year. You always need a Rico Petrocelli or a Billy Joe Robideaux.
The man NEVER should have been 'elected' BREC Chair (if you call that farce an election) in the first place. Important Announcement February 20, 2013 Dear Members of BREC: It is with regret that your Executive Board has accepted Rico Petrocelli’s unexpected voluntary resignation as Chairman, effective immediately. On behalf of the Board, I wish to thank Rico for his contributions to the Board and years of service as executive director of BREC. We extend our warm wishes for his success in his future endeavors. Rico will continue to serve as a Precinct Committeeman, to support the election of Republican candidates. Going forward, as Vice Chairman, it becomes my responsibility to assume the role and function of Interim Chairman until a new Chairman is elected. Under RPOF rules, an election must be called within 60 days. The Executive Board will convene promptly and make a separate announcement calling for election of a new Chairman. Be assured that the business and programs of the BREC will remain on sched ...
Day after Rico Petrocelli quits as chairman, Broward Republican Party announces his departure.
Rico Petrocelli quits as chair of Broward GOP after just two months. Cites 'irreconcilable differences' with board. He will remain a member.
Why is Rico Petrocelli still allowed to address the Plantation city council? He just jumps up and starts talking!
I just now remember talking with Rico Petrocelli at lunch every now and then in junior high.
Can Dizzy Trout handle Rico Petrocelli and the rest of the Polos ??.Yankees at Polos 2-15-13
Manhattan, NY- Ryne Duren worked around some wildness in the 9th inning to escape a bases loaded jam and preserve the Bronx Yankees 4-2 win over the Manhattan Polos. Duren walked the bases loaded with no outs, after a fielders choice forced out the lead runner at home, a run did score on a sac fly,…
Channel 6 just left my house. They couldn't make it to Wings Plus last night due to breaking news in California. Questioned Sen Rubio's"drink" of water. It humanized him, and if he can laugh at it, so can we. Thanks to ALL the people who showed up last night for the Speech & Response.Rico..
Rico Petrocelli cheering on Doc Bob Levy at Plantation Women's Club forum. He didn't clap for Jerry Fadgen or Chris Zimmerman. Hmmm
Plantation Residents: Candidates Forum, Deicke Auditorium, 11:30am tomorrow. Come and hear the excuses our taxes have gone up close to 40% in the last 3 years. Vote for Fadgen, Zimmerman & Levy..Stay away from the rest.
Lt. Governor Carroll hit a home run yesterday in Coral Springs! Full crowd listened and there was a Q & A period too. Food was excellent, atmosphere relaxed, and we kept to the agenda. Thanks to the City of Coral Springs staff for a job well done! Thanks to Michael DeGruccio for his hard work, and all the volunteers that make us who we are...Proud Republicans...Chairman Rico Petrocelli
Manhattan, NY- Aaron Robinson belted a pinch-hit Grand Slam in the bottom of the 7th inning to rally the Manhattan Polos over the Brooklyn Ebbets 5-4. Trailing 3-1 entering the 7th, Rico Petrocelli walked, then Ernie Lombardi reached on an infield single, Bob Elliott then walked to load the bases. R...
Red Sox short stop Rico Petrocelli says we are faced with spiritual warfare as we for relig freedom
Great get by and Rico Petrocelli on today, having Larry King call in to talk about the infield fly.
Coming up at a special 8am to 11amET it's with Ed Randall and Rico Petrocelli! Hear from Phil Niekro and Milo Hamilton today!
1967 Rico Petrocelli was selected to the All-Star game during the Carl Yastrzemski-led Red Sox' "Impossible Dream"year.
Former Boston Red Sox Rico Petrocelli, Carl Yastrzemski's teammate when he won the Triple Crown, joined
With the 175th pick of the SLL draft, the Minnesota Twins select: Rico Petrocelli (1969).
9/29/69 - Rico Petrocelli blasts his 40th HR - a SS record at the time - as the Red Sox win 8-5 over the Senators.
Today in '69, Rico Petrocelli became t/1st Short Stop in AL history to hit 40 HRs in 1 year.
Coming up at 8amET it's w/ Ed Randall & Rico Petrocelli! We'll talk about the anniversary of Roberto Clemente's 3000th hit!
A highlight of my year ... chattin' with Rico Petrocelli (a few Saturdays ago) ... thx again, Rico ...
Tomorrow (Sat.) at 8:30AM ET (7:30 CT) I'lll be on the Sirius XM MLB channel talking about with Ed Randall and Rico Petrocelli.
Joe DiMaggio never led the AL in Wins Above Replacement, but Ted Williams led the AL six times. Hank Aaron only led the NL once, but he had the misfortune to play at the same time as Willie Mays. When Willie began to age after 1966, Bob Gibson won three years in a row (1968-70). An interesting trivia note: a Red Sox player led the AL each year from 1967 to 1970. Rico Petrocelli led in 1969; Yaz the other three years. It is easy to look at Yaz' 1968 season and say he didn't have that good a year (.301/23/74), but in reality, he was the best player in the league in 1968, and by quite a wide margin.
Thankful Thursday... Jul19 day279Day1 Serenity ODAAT Humbled and ever grateful for wonderful, caring friends. And Cody Ross has the nicest Fenway Park swing since Tony Conigliaro and Rico Petrocelli... Yup, Rico... those who remember know Rico's uppercut was tailor made for Fenway... May We All Know Peace Today... :):):)
Cecil Fielder, former 1B/DH and father of Prince Fielder, talks to Ed Randall and Rico Petrocelli now
with Ed Randall and Rico Petrocelli is live till 10amET! Today hear from Cecil Fielder at 9amET & Hawk Harrellson at 9:30amET
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN TONIGHT! vs. the Louisville Bats for the only time this season! And it's Red Sox LEGENDS NIGHT!! Lou Merloni and Rico Petrocelli in the ballpark for autographs! Get your tickets now!!
The good news is the Sox won 15-5 over the Marlins, including Big Papi's 10th Grand Slam - passing the great Rico Petrocelli among other Sox legends -The more good news is the Yankees lost to the suddenly resourceful Braves - and the lead is down to 6 games - also the Blue Jays lost - so we have climbed over them to be out of the cellar for the first time in a long time! Go Sox!
5-1 Jays. Time for some stories about Yaz, Rico Petrocelli & Tom Seaver's bottled wine.
Chicago will feature Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino and Rico Petrocelli. It's an 11 am program and lunch. Details at
This was in the Tribune yesterday May 26,2012. Forgot I even wrote it. I was on the field when Sox won pennant in '67 By Edward J. Murphy Jr. It was the last game of the 1967 regular season with the Minnisota Twins. After Rico Petrocelli caught the ball to end the game, my dad Ed Murphy Sr. and I hung down from the center-field fence and jumped onto the field. I lost my dad in the crowd and was a little leery because he was my ride home. I saw him rounding third base, running thru the sign and hook sliding into home plate. He called himself safe. What an incedible day that was. My most shocking moment was in 1958 when Ted Williams threw his bat into the crowd after striking out, hitting American League President Joe Cronin's housekeeper. Ted went right over and apologized.
Book excerpt from Rico Petrocelli's Tales from the Impossible Dream Red Sox RSC note: Rico Petrocelli starred for the Red Sox from 1965-76. This excerpt is from the Tony Conigliaro chapter of his book about the 1967 team, Tales from the Impossible Dream Red Sox. Tony Conigliaro had it all: tremendous talent, matinee idol looks, charisma, and personality. The only thing he didn’t have was luck, and in the end that killed him. An eligible bachelor, Tony C. was easily the most popular player on the Red Sox, especially with the ladies. He certainly took pleasure in their company. But while he dated actresses and Playboy bunnies, he wasn’t a playboy like Bo Belinsky, who had achieved instant stardom by throwing a no-hitter for the Angels in his rookie year in 1962, begun dating buxom actress Mamie Van Doren, but by 30, he had left the best years of his career in bars and boudoirs and was struggling to hang on in the majors. Tony didn’t like to go to fancy nightclubs. In fact, he preferred to stay out of ...
Hey Red Sox fans! Be sure to stop by Newbury Comics, the Faneuil Hall location in Boston next Tuesday 5/22 at 12 noon to meet Boston Red Sox legend Rico Petrocelli and Seth Justman of the J. Geils Band! They'll be signing copies of the new ABKCO CD '100 Year Anniversary of Fenway Park'!
Rico Petrocelli argues with an umpire during the 1967 Cards-Red Sox World Series:
There should be a Near-Great Night at Fenway, to recognize players like Mike Greenwell, Trot Nixon and Rico Petrocelli. Nomar too.
1960s Baseball Player of the Day: Red Sox third baseman Rico Petrocelli
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