Longtime BC coach, former Red Sox IF Pellagrini dies

Updated: October 11, 2006, 10:43 PM ET
Associated Press

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 for Pellagrini.

Red Sox spokesman John Blake said Pellagrini died on Wednesday, but no other information was immediately available from the family.

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