BOSTON -- Eddie Pellagrini, a major league infielder for
eight years before coaching baseball at Boston College for more
than 30 seasons, died on Wednesday, according to a spokesman for
the Boston Red Sox. He was 88.
Pellagrini began his major league career with the Red Sox in
1946 when they won the AL pennant. He spent two seasons in Boston,
and also played for the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Phillies,
Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Over eight seasons, he batted .226 with 20 homers and 133 RBI
in 563 games. He was primarily a shortstop but spent considerable
time at second base and played eight games at first.
Pellagrini took over as BC's baseball coach in 1957 and won 359
games with three appearances in the College World Series before
stepping down in 1988. The baseball diamond at BC was later named
Red Sox spokesman John Blake said Pellagrini died on Wednesday,
but no other information was immediately available from the family.