Place of Birth:
February 13, 1921
Rank: Chief Radioman
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Pete Castiglione on Baseball-Almanac
P “Pete” Castiglione was born on February 13, 1921 in
The young infielder was with
The Pirates decided to acquire Castiglione’s services in March 1943, but Uncle Sam beat them to the punch. He joined the Navy and served two years in the Pacific. As a chief radioman, he served on the destroyer escort USS Crouter (DE-11) and the fleet oiler USS Ponaganset (AO-86). He participated in campaigns at the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Palau Islands, Philippine Islands and Okinawa, and was at Wakayama, Japan at the end of the war.
Castiglione returned to home in January 1946 and
|USS Crouter (DE-11)||Castiglione after seven months without a shave while in the Navy|
Castiglione made his major league debut on
September 10, 1947. He appeared in 13 games and hit .250. He was
Castiglione spent the next four-and-a-half years
At 32, he was traded to the Cardinals in June
1953, where he ended his major league career the following year. He
continued to play in the minors until 1958 with
Pete Castiglione lives in
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