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Rico Petrocelli spent his entire 13 year Major League career with the Boston Red Sox and was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997. A steady and consistent shortstop early in his career, Rico was involved in some of the most memorable moments in club history. On October 1, 1967, he caught a Rich Rollins pop-up to record the final out as the Sox won the “Impossible Dream” pennant. In Game 6 of the 1967 World Series versus St. Louis, he combined with Carl Yastrzemski and Reggie Smith to hit three home runs in one inning, a World Series record. It was Rico’s second home run of the game. He hit 210 home runs in 1,553 games, including a record 40 as a shortstop in 1969, a mark that lasted for 29 years. Petrocelli made a smooth transition to third base in 1971 when the Red Sox acquired Luis Aparicio. Rico led the American League in fielding in his first year at his new position. Though hampered by injuries in the mid-70’s, Petrocelli rose to the occasion in the 1975 World Series against Cincinnati, hitting .308 with a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage. Upon retirement, Rico served as a Minor League Manager and Instructor in the Red Sox and White Sox organizations. He has also enjoyed a distinguished career as a radio and TV broadcaster, and is President of the Petrocelli Marketing Group.
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