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Minor League BaseballSal Cuttitta


Date and Place of Birth: 1923 East Orange, New Jersey

Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: 466th Bomb Group, USAAF

Area Served: European Theater of Operations


Salvatore F “Sal” or "Curly" Cuttita was born in East Orange, New Jersey. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 1942 and played for the Oil City Oilers in the Penn State League. Cuttitta was 12-13 his rookie year with a 4.02 ERA.


He entered military service with the Army Air Force the following year and served with the 466th Bomb Group at Attlebridge in England. He was the pitching ace for the 466th baseball team throughout 1944. That year he also played for the Second Division team, winners of the Eighth Air Force championship.


After the war, Cuttita returned to the Pirates organization and pitched for the Albany Senators of the Eastern League in 1946. He was 9-3 that year and beat the Hartford Bees twice in the Governors' Cup playoffs with a pair of two-hitters. He was back with Albany in 1947 where he was 10-7, then joined the Fort Wayne Generals of the Western League in 1948.


Cuttitta was with Kingston of the Border League and Charleston of the South Atlantic League in 1949, and ended his playing days with the Rome Colonels of the Canadian-American League in 1950.


Created February 5, 2007. Updated June 20, 2008.

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