April 2, 1930|
New Haven, Connecticut
|Died: July 11, 2012
|Batted: Right||Threw: Left|
|May 3, 1955 for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 17, 1960 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||5.05|
Arthur Edward Ceccarelli (April 2, 1930 – July 11, 2012) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago Cubs in parts of five seasons spanning 1955-1960. Listed at 6' 0", 190 lb., he batted right-handed and threw left-handed.
In 1949, he set a Georgia-Florida League season record with 294 strikeouts, an average of 12.6 per each nine innings. His baseball career was briefly interrupted while serving in the Korean War from 1950 through 1952. After discharging, he pitched three seasons of minor league ball before joining the majors in 1955 with the Athletics.
In five big league seasons, Ceccarelli posted a 9-18 record and a 5.05 earned run average in 79 pitching appearances (42 starts). His most productive became in 1959, when he went 5-5 with four complete games and a pair of shutouts for the Cubs. That included a string of four straight wins, a streak capped by a complete game victory over a San Francisco Giants' lineup that included Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda.
During the off seasons, Ceccarelli attended classes at Southern Connecticut State University, where he also served as a pitching coach for the SCSU baseball team. Besides this, he taught at Milford and Foran high school.