Johnny Antonelli Book Signings
Rochester baseball legend Johnny Antonelli and best-selling author Scott Pitoniak are headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Tuesday at 1 p.m. the two will participate in the Hall’s “Authors Series” at the museum’s Bullpen Theater. The program, which will be followed by a booksigning, is open to the public.
Antonelli, a five-time National League All-Star and pitching hero of the 1954 World Series, will discuss his new book, Johnny Antonelli: A Baseball Memoir, which he wrote with Pitoniak, a nationally recognized sports columnist and author of 15 books.
The two men also will host a talk and booksigning at the Pittsford Barnes & Noble, Saturday night at 7.
On Friday evening, June 22, at 6 p.m., they will sign copies of their book at Frontier Field, and Antonelli will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before that night’s Rochester Red Wings game.
Antonelli signed a “bonus baby” contract for $52,000 with the Boston Braves shortly after graduating from Jefferson High School in 1948. He enjoyed his greatest success while pitching for the New York and San Francisco Giants in the 1950s, twice winning 20 games in a season and twice leading the National League in shutouts. He became even more successful in his second career as an entrepreneur in the tire business.
His new book is chockfull of compelling anecdotes that give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the “Golden Era” of New York baseball, when the Big Apple was home to three major league teams – the Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.
More info on the book: Johnny Antonelli: A Baseball Memoir
Check back for additional event listings.
June 16: Pittsford Barnes and Noble, 7pm
June 19: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY, 1pm
June 22: Frontier Field, 6-7pm