Jerry Joseph Casale (born September 27, 1933) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between 1958 and 1962. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 200 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.
Casale was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent before the 1952 season. He reached the majors in 1958 with the Red Sox, spending three years with them before moving to the Los Angeles Angels (1961) and Detroit Tigers (1961–1962). His most productive season came in 1959 with Boston, when he recorded career-highs in wins (13), strikeouts (93), earned run average (ERA) (4.31), complete games (9), innings pitched (1792⁄3), and collected two three-hit shutouts against the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. His .619 win–loss percentage ranked him 10th in the American League.
In a five-season career, Casale posted a 17–24 record with 207 strikeouts in 3701⁄3 innings. He also helped himself with the bat, hitting .216 (25-for-116) with four home runs and 15 runs batted in.
Following his baseball retirement, Casale opened a restaurant on 34th Street near Park Avenue, Manhattan. An entire wall of his restaurant features a mural of Fenway Park, and a younger Casale about to slam a home run over the Green Monster, Fenway's left-field wall. He also has collaborated in Bat for the Cure, an annual fantasy softball challenge organizated to raise money and awarenness in the fight against prostate cancer.
Today Casale lives in Secaucus, New Jersey.
- ^ Wright, E. Assata (October 10, 2010). "A MLB player in winter". The Union City Reporter. pp. 5, 19.
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