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Oct. 19, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 4

"Eddie" Pellagrini, second from left, as a Boston Red Sox rookie in 1946 with (L-R) Ted Williams, John F. Kennedy - then a candidate for the US Congress - and Detroit Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg.-Baseball Coach Pellagrini Dead-

Ex-Baseball Coach Pellagrini Dead

Edward C. "Eddie" Pellagrini, a former major league baseball player who coached Boston College baseball teams from 1957 through 1988, died on Oct. 11 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. He was 88.

During his 30-season coaching career at the University, Mr. Pellagrini led his teams to 359 victories ‚ a school record ‚ along with 17 winning seasons, seven post-season berths in the NCAA district I playoffs and three appearances in the College World Series ‚ 1960, 1961 and 1967.

A native of Roxbury, Mr. Pellagrini played in the Boston Red Sox' minor league organization after graduating from Roxbury Memorial High School. He spent four years in the US Navy during World War II and returned to make the Red Soxí major league roster in time for the 1946 season.

In his Red Sox debut at Fenway Park on Opening Day, April 22, 1946, Mr. Pellagrini thrilled the hometown crowd by hitting a homerun in his first major league at-bat. An infielder, Mr. Pellagrini played 11 years in the major leagues for the Red Sox, St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles), Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates. When he retired from professional baseball in 1957, he was hired by Boston College Athletic Director Bill Flynn to coach the Eaglesí team. Mr. Pellagrini was the first coach to be hired by Mr. Flynn, who also was appointed athletic director that same year.

Mr. Pellagrini, who was as revered for his baseball knowledge and engaging personality as much as his coaching success, was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994. He is the only Boston College representative to receive the ABCA honor.

Mr. Pellagrini was the husband of the late Helen Pellagrini. He is survived by three children and two grandchildren.

A funeral Mass was held at St. Francis Xavier Church in Weymouth on Oct. 13. Burial was at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in his memory may be made to the Boston College Diamond Club, in care of the Boston College Athletic Association. -Reid Oslin

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