March 28 – Happy Birthday Vic Raschi

vicraschicard-thumb-200x278-2770671He was the very best Yankee to ever play for their Class C Canadian American League affiliate here in Amsterdam. In fact, between 1948 and 1953, Vic Raschi would be considered by many to be the best right-handed starting pitcher in all of baseball. On his Major League resume, he had put together three straight 21-win seasons and helped the Bronx Bombers capture a record five straight World Series  trophies.But back in the spring and summer of 1941, he was a shy 22-year-old member of the Rugmaker roster pitching in his first ever season of professional baseball. His full name was Victor John Angelo Raschi and he had been born to Italian immigrant parents on this date in 1918. As a high schooler, his blazing fastball had earned him a scholarship to the College of William & Mary, where he caught the attention of Yankee scouts who signed him and sent him to Amsterdam.

His Italian-American heritage and his impressive heater made him an instant favorite with Amsterdam fans…

You can read the rest of my story about this former Amsterdam Rugmaker and NY Yankee pitching great in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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