Dino Restelli

Dino Paolo Restelli (September 23, 1924 – August 8, 2006) nicknamed "Dingo", was an American professional baseball player in 1944 and from 1946–1955 who appeared in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949 and 1951. He threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 191 pounds (87 kg).

Born in St. Louis, Missouri to Italian immigrants, he grew up in San Francisco, California and attended Santa Clara University. After World War II service in the United States Army, he became a baseball player with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, who traded him to the Pirates in June 1949.

Restelli achieved a measure of fame with the Pirates, when he hit a record seven home runs in his first ten games. He finished his rookie season with 12 home runs in 72 games.

After his baseball career, he became a San Francisco police officer. He later settled in nearby San Carlos, California.

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