Sam Lamitina
 

 

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SAMUEL LAMITINA

Born: Jun. 9, 1920
Place: Rock Glen, New York
Died: Sep. 14, 1965
Place: Newport, Arkansas

Batted: Right
Threw: Right

Positions:
Catcher
Third Base
Pitcher

Team:
Fulton Railroaders
Fulton Lookouts

 


 

Sam Lamitina was one of the most successful managers in Kitty League history. He won 242 games and three consecutive pennants with the Fulton Railroaders/Lookouts from 1951 to 1953. Based on winning percentage, his 1952 club was the best in league history.

He brought a hustling, hard-nosed brand of baseball to Fulton and a fiery temperment that sometimes clashed with opposing players and managers. He received the largest fine in league history after cursing and shoving umpire Larry Suffill in 1952 and refusing to leave the field. He was fined $50 and suspended for five games. "Well, it has been a long, hard season," he said. "I need a little rest."

Despite what the rest of the league thought, the fans in Fulton defended Lamitina against his detractors. "he'll tell you how good he is and think nothing of it," sportswriter Bill Carter remarked. "And much to the sorrow of his opponents, he will prove it more often than not."

 

 

 

Kitty League Managerial Record

YEAR CLUB G W L Pct. Finish
1951 Fulton 119 73 46 .613 1st
1952 Fulton 119 82 37 .689 1st
1953 Fulton 120 70 50 .583 1st
1955 Fulton 43 17 26 .395 ---
Total 4 seasons 401 242 159 .604 ---

Notes

  • Appointed manager on May 18, 1955
  • Resigned on June 30, 1955
  • 1951: Fulton won the Shaughnessy playoffs 3 games to 2 against Paducah.
  • 1952: Fulton was eliminated from the playoffs in the initial round by Union City, 3 games to 2.
  • 1953: Fulton lost the final series of the playoffs to Paducah, 3 games to 0.

 

 

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