CARL FURILLO'S bat is a Louisville Slugger
(model F102) with a signature barrel stamp.
CARL FURILLO visited
Busch Stadium with "The Boys of Summer" and used this bat in a Dodger-Cardinal series in July of 1955. In the first of a three-game series, Furillo doubled home the winning run in a 5-4 win for the "Bums." The Dodgers went on to sweep the series with the Cardinals and solidify their stranglehold on the top spot in the National League
of 15 games over the Braves.
A big contributor to
that great Brooklyn team, Furillo posted a .314 average with 26
circuit clouts and 95 RBIs
in the regular '55 season. He then
batted .296, with a homer and three
RBIs in the Dodgers' first ever World
Furillo hit over .300 five times as member of 'Boys of Summer'
Furillo was an outstanding defensive right fielder
with accurate, powerful throwing arm
CARL FURILLO had a lifetime .299 average, hit over .290 in 11 different years, and over .300 five times.
Carl Furillo began his Major League career on
April 16, 1946, with the Brooklyn Dodgers at age 24. He played for
15 seasons for the Dodgers and ended his big league playing
career in 1960.
Intensely competitive and sometimes volatile, Furillo was an outstanding
fielding right fielder with an accurate, powerful throwing arm.
His batting during the Dodgers' pennant drives in the late 1940s
and throughout the 1950s was an important factor in their winning
Furillo led the National League in batting in 1953, hitting .344. A consistent hitter with a lifetime .299 average, he hit over .290 in 11 different years, and over .300 five times.
Defensively, Furillo was one of the all-time best. The "Reading Rifle" had a gun for an arm and read the tricky, 40'-high right field wall in Ebbets Field masterfully. He led the league in assists in 1950-1951 and thereafter base runners stopped testing his throwing arm.
In his 15 seasons with the Dodgers from 1946-60 he had a .299 lifetime, 1,190 hits, 324 doubles, 56 triples, 192 home runs, 1,058 RBIs, struck out only 436 times and was a two-time National League all-star.
DURING FURILLO's career with the Dodgers 1946-1960 he had 1,190 hits, 324 doubles, 56 triples, 192 HRs, 1,058 RBIs and struck out only 436 times.
Furillo was one of Roger Kahn's famed "Boys
of Summer." Kahn described him as "The Hard Hat Who Sued
Baseball." Unfortunately, his career with the Dodgers ended
on a sour note when he sued the Dodgers in 1960 for dropping him
while he was injured. He was awarded $21,000 as a settlement. From
then on, Furillo couldn't find a job in baseball, contending that
he had been blackballed. Kahn found him years later installing
Otis elevators at the World Trade Center.
CARL FURILLO: Did you know...
...Furillo's career highlights include the miraculous
catch of Johnny Mize's bid for a home run in Game 5 of the 1952
World Series; a game-tying, ninth-inning homer in Game 6 of the
1953 World Series; and throwing pitcher Mel Queen out at first on
a 300' shot into the right field gap at Ebbets Field.
...Furillo, three weeks before the end of the 1953 season, called
out the Giants' manager Leo Durocher and met him halfway between
the first base line and the dugout. In the ensuing rhubarb his left
hand was stepped on and he suffered a fracture of his wrist. Furillo
had been hit on the wrist by a pitch from Giant pitcher Ruben Gomez
just before he challenged Durocher, claiming that Gomez had been
instructed by "The Lip" to throw at him.
...Furillo, at the time of the injury, was leading the National League in hitting with a .344 average and ended up winning the batting title. He came back in the World Series and, in a losing cause, hit .333 with a homer and four RBIs against the Yankees.
...Furillo was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers in May 1960.
...Furillo was born March 8, 1922 in Stony Creek Mills, Pennsylvania. He died January 21, 1989 in Stony Creek Mills, Pennsylvania at age 66.
FURILLO, left, and
teammate Duke Snider, right,
compare notes with Ted Williams.
FURILLO WAS one
of Roger Kahn's famed "Boys of Summer."
DEFENSIVELY, Furillo was one of the all-time
best. The "Reading Rifle" had a gun for an arm and read
the tricky, 40-foot high right field
wall in Ebbets Field masterfully.
CARL FURILLO was the right fielder for the Brooklyn
Dodgers during their glory years in the late 1940s and '50s.
CARL WAS A fan favorite with the crowds at Ebbets
Field. Here he's sharing a light moment with Walter
O'Malley, owner of the Dodgers.