Date and Place of Birth: February 22, 1919 Thurber, Texas
Died: October 30, 2001 San Antonio, Texas
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
“Johnny” Lucadello was born on February 22, 1919 in
In 1937, Johnny was sent to the St Louis Browns’ Fairbury club of the Nebraska State League, where he converted to a second baseman, while Tony stayed in the Ohio State League with the Tiffin Mud Hens, a Detroit Tigers’ farm team.
Lucadello quit baseball as a player after the 1937 season. He later
served as a scout with the Cubs and Phillies. Meanwhile, Johnny’s
career flourished. He batted .318 with
Lucadello spent most of 1939
On March 14, 1942, Lucadello
entered military service with the Navy. As a coxswain, he was
stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in 1942 and 1943,
where he was the commander of a recruit company. In addition to
played for the Great Lakes teams, he appeared as a pinch hitter for
the Service All-Stars against the American League All-Stars at
the conclusion of the tour, he was sent to Tinian and then Runit,
Lucadello was discharged
from service on October 16, 1945. He returned to the Browns for 87
games in 1946, but batted only .248 and was selected off waivers by
the New York Yankees. He played just 12 games with the Yankees in
1947 in what was to be his last year in the major leagues. He was
Johnny Lucadello, who was
later inducted into the All Sports Hall of Fame in
His brother, Tony, who had served as a scout for 47 years and was named major league scout of the year in 1987, died from a gun shot wound outside the Meadowlark ballpark in Fostoria, Ohio in May 1989. He was 76.
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