• Tony Solaita

    Posted by on June 26th, 2006 · Comments (2)

    My recent observation on # 51 led to this e-mail from Repoz on the subject:

    A little note on Tony Solaita wearing #51…If I’m not mistaken, the Yankees gave him that Sept. number call-up number because he had just come off hitting 51 bombs during his just finished minor league season (49 big flys at High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms in the Carolina League (A) and 2 taters skinned during the Carolina League Playoffs for a total of 51).

    Trust me in saying that in Yankeeland…Solaita was the talk of the season…and the wait was on…for one stinkin’ Yankee at bat!

    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B09160DET1968.htm

    And his sad obit…

    http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/Solaita.Tony.Obit.html

    OK, so, Solaita was the hot-shot power prospect at the end of the ’60s. And, we had Bam Bam Meulens at the end of the ’80′s. Where’s the one for now?

    It should be one every twenty years, right?

    Comments on Tony Solaita

    1. Don
      June 26th, 2006 | 2:17 pm

      There were a few more guys than that Steve.

      Roger Repoz, Steve Whitaker, Fred McGriff are among a few others.

    2. chopper900
      January 14th, 2011 | 10:12 am

      @ Don:
      MY NAME IS CHRIS VERDI. TONY SOLAITA AND ROGER REPOZ AND STEVE WHITAKER ALL PLAYED FOR MY FATHER ,,FRANK VERDI ..TONY PLAYED FOR MY DAD IN SYRACUSE IN 69-70 WHICH WAS THE YANKEES TRIPLE AAA FARM CLUB. WHITAKER ALSO PLAYED THERE AS DID THURMON MUNSON.. TONY WAS MY BEST FRIEND THOSE 2 YEARS.. A CLASS ACT AND HE LOVED KIDS AND BASEBALL. HE WAS THE BIGGEST BASEBALL PLAYER PHYSICALLY IVE EVER SEEN .BONES LIKE A DINOSOUR. IN BATTING PRACTICE HE HIT MAMMOTH TATARS .I JUST GOOGLED HIM TODAY AS MY DAD JUST PASSED AWAY LAST JULY AND WONDERED WHERE HE IS TODAY. I WAS 13 AT THE TIME AND HAVE SO MANY STORIES AND FOND MEMORIES.IF ANYONE KNOWS ABOUT TONY ID LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU… SINCERELY.. OR IF YOU LIKE STORIES ABOUT PLAYERS BEFORE THEY HIT THE MAJORS ,IVE GOT A BUNCH….. SINCERELY.. CHRIS VERDI

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