- Birth: Apr. 15, 1877 Death: Jan. 6, 1957
Major League Baseball Player. At 5'11", and 170lbs, he made his major league debut on September 4, 1897. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1897 to 1898, Boston Beaneaters from 1903 to1905, and in 1910, and the Pittsburgh Pirates frm 1907 to 1910. (bio by: KP)
Burial: Saint Mary's Cathedral, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Edward Abbaticchio - The First Italian American Major Leaguer
by Lou Parrota
Edward James Abbaticchio, commonly referred to as "Batty" was born on April 15, 1877, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Abbaticchio was a major leaguer from 1897 until 1910, playing a total of nine years in baseball's National League. He was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Boston Beaneaters (a predecessor of the Boston Braves), the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Boston Doves (another name that was used prior to the Boston team becoming the Braves). A more interesting fact about Abbaticchio was that he is generally considered to be the first person of Italian descent to play in the major leagues.
Abbaticchio got his start in baseball by playing for a semi-pro team in Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1897. On September 4, 1897, he made his major league debut. He played in three games that season for the Philadelphia Phillies. He resumed to play 25 games in 1898, and then went to play in the 'Beer and Whiskey" League which had frequently courted National League players with more money to play with them. He played with the Minneapolis team in 1899, then played for the great Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack in Milwaukee in 1900. For the 1901 and 1902 seasons, Abbaticchio moved on to play with the Southern League's Nashville team. He ended up leading the league in batting average during his two seasons there. He accomplished this with clips of .360 and .367, respectively. From 1903 until 1905, he was a member of the Boston Beaneaters.
Not wanting to play any longer, "Batty" was out of baseball for the 1906 season. Abbaticchio decided to open a hotel upon his announcement not to play, and he did so in 1906 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He purchased the hotel from his father and named it 777 Latrobe House. After he finished his playing career in 191O, Abbaticchio returned to Latrobe to run his hotel until his retirement in 1932.