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Ken Silvestri

Ken Silvestri
Born: (1916-05-03)May 3, 1916
Chicago, Illinois
Died: March 31, 1992(1992-03-31) (aged 75)
Tallahassee, Florida
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1939 for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 31, 1951 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average .218
Home runs 5
Runs batted in 25
Career highlights and awards

Kenneth Joseph Silvestri (May 3, 1916 – March 31, 1992) was an American backup catcher in Major League Baseball. He was born in Chicago, Illinois. From 1939 through 1951, he played for the Chicago White Sox (1939–1940), New York Yankees (1941, 1946–1947) and Philadelphia Phillies (1950–1951). Silvestri was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed.

Following his playing career, he managed in the minor leagues, and coached for the Phillies (1952–53; 1959–60), Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1963–75) and the White Sox (1976; 1982). He also managed the Atlanta Braves for the final three games of the 1967 season after manager Billy Hitchcock was fired.[1]

In an eight-season career, Silvestri was a .217 hitter with five home runs and 25 RBI in 102 games played.

Silvestri died in Tallahassee, Florida at age 75.[2]


  1. ^ Braves fire Bill Hitchcock as manager
  2. ^ Ken Silvestri dead at 75


  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • BaseballLibrary
  • Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers

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