Eddie Pellagrini, former Red Sox infielder and longtime BC baseball coach, passed away on Wednesday morning in his hometown of Weymouth. Mr. Pellagrini was 88 years old.
The Red Sox released the following information on Pellagrini’s death:
A funeral mass for Mr. Pellagrini will be held on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 234 Pleasant St., in South Weymouth.
After serving in the United States Navy during World War II, Mr. Pellagrini made his major league debut with the Red Sox on April 22, 1946 versus Washington, and homered in his first at bat. Seeing action at both shortstop and third base, he played in 22 games for the AL champs in 1946 and 74 games in 1947 before being traded to the St. Louis Browns.
Mr. Pellagrini participated in the first pitch ceremony and was honored as part of the Red Sox’ 60th anniversary salute to the 1946 American League Champions prior to Boston’s 2006 home opener on April 11.
“Eddie was a dear and life-long friend,” commented Johnny Pesky, who played with Mr. Pellagrini on the 1946-47 Red Sox teams. “We were very close as players. Eddie was outgoing, friendly, funny, and articulate. We had a lot of good times together, and I will miss him.”
Mr. Pellagrini had a .226 career average with 20 home runs in 563 major league games with the Red Sox, Browns (1948-49), Phillies (1951), Reds (1952), and Pirates (1953-54).
Following his retirement, he entering the coaching profession in the Boston area, culminating with his appointment as head baseball coach at Boston College in 1957. Mr. Pellagrini won 359 games and took the Eagles to three College World Series appearances before his retirement in 1988. The baseball diamond at BC’s Commander Shea Field is named in his honor.
Edward Charles Pellagrini was born on March 13, 1918 in Boston. He was a member of both the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Pellagrini’s name to the Boston College Diamond Club.