Rick Cerone

Richard Aldo Cerone (born May 19, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball player from 1975 to 1992 for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, and Montreal Expos. Cerone was primarily a catcher.

Rick Cerone
Rickcerone
Catcher
Born: May 19, 1954 (age 65)
Newark, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 17, 1975, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
July 10, 1992, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Batting average.245
Home runs59
Runs batted in436
Teams

Amateur career

Cerone played high school baseball and football at Essex Catholic High School.[1]

Cerone then attended Seton Hall University, where he played baseball for the Pirates under head coach Mike Sheppard.

Major League Career

1970s

Cleveland Indians (1975-76)

Cerone was drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 1975 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut on August 17, 1975, pinch hitting for first baseman Boog Powell in the top of the ninth inning in a 14-5 win over the Minnesota Twins, as he lined out. Cerone then replaced catcher Alan Ashby in the bottom of the ninth. On August 22, Cerone collected his first career hit, a single off Paul Splittorff of the Kansas City Royals. Overall, he finished the season playing in seven games with the Indians, batting .250.

Cerone saw little action again with the Indians in 1976, hitting .125 with an RBI in seven games with the club. On December 6, the Indians traded Cerone and John Lowenstein to the Toronto Blue Jays for Rico Carty.

Toronto Blue Jays (1977-79)

Cerone joined the Toronto Blue Jays for their expansion season in 1977, and was their starting catcher for their first game on April 7. Cerone had two hits for the Blue Jays in a 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. On August 17, Cerone hit his first career home run off of Nelson Briles of the Texas Rangers. Overall, Cerone played in 31 games with Toronto, hitting .200 with a home run and 10 RBI.

He saw more playing time with the Blue Jays in 1978, playing in 88 games, hitting .223 with 3 HR and 23 RBI, as he split his playing time with Alan Ashby. The Jays traded Ashby after the season, and named Cerone as their primary catcher for the 1979 season.

Cerone appeared in 136 games with Toronto in the 1979 season, hitting .239 with 7 HR and his 61 RBI were the fourth highest total on the club. After the season, the Jays and the New York Yankees completed a trade which sent Cerone, Tom Underwood and Ted Wilborn to the Yankees for Damaso Garcia, Chris Chambliss and Paul Mirabella.[2]

1980s

Rick Cerone - New York Yankees - 1981
Cerone in 1981

New York Yankees (1980-84)

Cerone joined the New York Yankees for the 1980 season, following the death of catcher Thurman Munson the year before. In his first season with the Yankees, Cerone batted .277 with 14 HR and 85 RBI in 147 games, and finished seventh in American League MVP voting, as he helped New York win the American League East division and qualify for the playoffs. Defensively, Cerone led the American League as he threw out 57 attempted stolen base attempts, which was a league best 51.8%. In his first playoffs, Cerone hit .333 with a home run and two RBI, however, the Yankees were swept by the Kansas City Royals in three games.

Cerone's production dipped in the 1981 season, as he hit .244 with 2 HR and 21 RBI in 71 games, however, the Yankees reached the post-season once again. In the playoffs, Cerone hit .333 with a home run and 5 RBI in the Yankees victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League Divisional Series. In the American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics, Cerone struggled with a .100 batting average, however, the Yankees won the series and reached the 1981 World Series. In the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cerone hit .190 with a home run and 3 RBI, as the Yankees lost to Los Angeles in six games.

In 1982, Cerone split his playing time with Butch Wynegar, as he appeared in 89 games, hitting .227 with 5 HR and 28 RBI, as the Yankees failed to make the playoffs. Cerone's production continued to drop in 1983, as he hit .220 with 2 HR and 22 RBI in 80 games. In 1984, Cerone became the backup catcher to Wynegar, appearing in only 38 games, batting .208 with 2 HR and 13 RBI. On November 5, the Yankees traded Cerone to the Atlanta Braves for Brian Fisher

Atlanta Braves (1985)

Cerone spent the 1985 season with the Atlanta Braves, splitting time Bruce Benedict as the Braves catcher, as Cerone appeared in 96 games, hitting .216 with 3 HR and 25 RBI. On March 5, 1986, the Braves traded Cerone with two minor leaguers to the Milwaukee Brewers for Ted Simmons.

Milwaukee Brewers (1986)

Cerone played the 1986 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, as he and Charlie Moore shared the catching duties for the club. In 69 games, Cerone hit .259 with 4 HR and 18 RBI. On November 12, Cerone was granted free agency.

New York Yankees (1987)

On February 13, 1987, Cerone rejoined the New York Yankees, where he spent five seasons with the club from 1980-1984. Cerone would play in 113 games, his highest total since appearing in 147 games in the 1980 season, as he hit .243 with 4 HR and 23 RBI. Cerone played with the Yankees during Spring Training in 1988, however, on April 4, the Yankees released him.

Boston Red Sox (1988-89)

Cerone signed with the Boston Red Sox on April 15, 1988, and in 84 games with the Red Sox, Cerone had a .269 batting average with 3 HR and 27 RBI, as he and Rich Gedman shared the catching duties. The Red Sox won the American League East division, however, Cerone did not appear in any playoff games.

He returned to the Red Sox for the 1989 season, as Cerone hit .243 with 4 HR and 48 RBI in 102 games with Boston, however, the Red Sox fell short in making the post-season. On December 19, Boston released Cerone.

1990s

New York Yankees (1990)

On December 20, 1989, one day after being released by the Boston Red Sox, Cerone rejoined the Yankees for a third time, as he signed with the club as a free agent. Cerone backed up Yankees starting catcher Bob Geren, as he appeared in only 49 games, hitting .302 with 2 HR and 11 RBI in limited action. On January 13, 1991, the Yankees released Cerone.

New York Mets (1991)

On January 21, 1991, Cerone signed a contract with the New York Mets, where he split playing time with Charlie O'Brien. In 90 games with the Mets, Cerone hit .273 with 2 HR and 16 RBI. On October 7, he was granted free agency.

Montreal Expos (1992)

On February 12, 1992, Cerone signed as a free agent with the Montreal Expos. Cerone hit .270 with a home run and 7 RBI with the Expos in 33 games as the backup to Gary Carter, however, with the emergence of Darrin Fletcher, the Expos released Cerone on July 16.

Career (1975-1992)

Cerone finished his career with a .245 batting average, as he had 998 career hits, 59 HR and 436 RBI in 1329 games. In 17 career playoff games, Cerone hit .246 with 3 HR and 10 RBI.

Retirement

Cerone served as a color analyst for Yankees telecasts on WPIX during the 1996 and 1997 seasons,[3][4] and for Baltimore Orioles telecasts on HTS in 1998.[5] He also worked as a baseball analyst for CBS Radio in 1996 and 1997.

In 1998, Cerone founded the Newark Bears, a minor league ball club in the independent Atlantic League. He sold the team in 2003.

Cerone lived in Cresskill, New Jersey in the 1990s.[6] and later in Teaneck, New Jersey,[7] Montclair, New Jersey and Woodland Park, New Jersey.[8] He has three daughters: Jessica, Carly and Nikki and commutes between homes in Woodland Park, Long Branch, New Jersey, and West Palm Beach Florida to be with his daughters.[9]

"A Long Run Home"

In 1981, Cerone recorded "A Long Run Home," a song released as a 7" single on the Reel Dreams label.[10][11] The song, written by Carl Henry and Bill Hudak and recorded in Newington, Connecticut, is sung from the point of view of a Newark baseball player visiting a New York Stadium during a snowstorm.[12] The record sleeve notes that "Rick Cerone's royalties will be donated to the Italian earthquake Victims Fund."[13] The single failed to chart in the US.

References

  1. ^ Gramlich, Barry. "PASSAIC DROPS A HAMMER ON BC", The Record (Bergen County), October 3, 1993. Accessed October 23, 2007. "Turn back the calendar to 1971 when former Yankee Rick Cerone was the Essex Catholic quarterback against Bergen Catholic."
  2. ^ Yankees in major deals with Mariners, Jays
  3. ^ "All-Time Broadcasters". New York Yankees. MLB. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  4. ^ Gallagher, Mark (2003). The Yankee Encyclopedia (illustrated ed.). Sports Publishing LLC. p. 345. ISBN 9781582616834. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  5. ^ Kent, Milton (October 9, 1998). "If Cerone departs HTS, initiative for leaving would come from O's". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Smith, Claire. "Cerone Is Happy to Join Mets After Weak Year With Yanks", The New York Mets, January 22, 1991. Accessed January 2, 2008. "'I wanted to play for the Mets,' Cerone said by telephone from his Cresskill, N.J., home. 'I wanted to play for a contender. And I wanted to stay close to home.'"
  7. ^ Hoffman, Jan. "PUBLIC LIVES; Cerone's Back in the Minors, and Loving It", The New York Times, July 8, 1999. Accessed November 12, 2013. "For even when injuries and attitude sliced at his batting average, the Yankee catcher Rick Cerone resisted playing for the minors.Yet here he is, 45 years old, still with a swagger and a religious medal on a gold chain. But chastened now, living in Teaneck, divorced with three daughters, hair gone steely, two aching thumbs, he is the owner of a fledgling independent minor league team: the Newark Bears."
  8. ^ New Jersey Legislative Digest, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed October 23, 2007. "TO BE A MEMBER OF THE NEW JERSEY HALL OF FAME ADVISORY COMMISSION: Rick Cerone, of West Paterson *NOT* Fort Lee."
  9. ^ Klapisch, Bob. "Home Team: The pride of former Yankee Rick Cerone is being the father of daughters Jessica, Carly and Nikki" Archived 2010-11-19 at the Wayback Machine, (201) magazine, June 2010. Accessed March 3, 2011. "Cerone's goes out of his way to dispense this advice. He's divorced, splitting time between his two homes in Woodland Park and Long Branch, making the daily drive to Bergen to see his daughters growing up on and off the field."
  10. ^ Cooper, B. L. & Haney, W. S. (1995). Rock music in American popular culture: Rock 'n' roll resources. Routledge.
  11. ^ Rick Cerone / Dusty Road Band, The — A Long Run Home: http://www.discogs.com/Rick-Cerone-Dusty-Road-Band-A-Long-Run-Home/release/1488096
  12. ^ Grimsley, Will. (1981, February 11). "Busy Yankee Rick Cerone May Become a Recording Star.", Ocala Star-Banner, p. C-3.
  13. ^ Cerone, Rick. (1981). "A Long Run Home" [7" 45 RPM vinyl record]. Bloomfield, CT: Reel Dreams Records.

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1975 Cleveland Indians season

The 1975 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Indians competing in the American League East, where they finished fourth with a record of 79–80.

1975 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.From 1947 to 1980, the American Baseball Coaches Association was the only All-American selector recognized by the NCAA.

1975 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 1975 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1975 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its twenty-ninth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Each region held a four team, double-elimination tournament, resulting in 32 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The twenty-ninth tournament's champion was Texas, coached by Cliff Gustafson, their first in a quarter century. The Most Outstanding Player was Mickey Reichenbach of Texas.

The 1975 tournament marked the first appearance for LSU, which would become a college baseball superpower in the succeeding decades, claiming six national championships between 1991 and 2009. LSU won the 1961 Southeastern Conference championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, but declined the bid to avoid playing integrated teams.

This season also marked the first appearance for Cal State Fullerton, which would claim four national championships from 1979 through 2004. Head coach Augie Garrido guided the Titans to three titles before moving to Texas, where he claimed three more titles from 2002 through 2009.

1980 American League Championship Series

The 1980 American League Championship Series featured the Kansas City Royals facing the team that had defeated them three straight years in the ALCS from 1976–78, the New York Yankees.

1980 New York Yankees season

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1985 Atlanta Braves season

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1986 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1986 season involved the Brewers' finishing 6th in the American League East with a record of 77 wins and 84 losses.

1987 New York Yankees season

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1988 Boston Red Sox season

The 1988 Boston Red Sox season was the 88th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, but were then swept by the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS.

1988 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1988 season was the 86th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 85-76, finishing in fifth place, 3.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox. New York was managed by Lou Piniella and Billy Martin, with the latter managing the team for the fifth and final time. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

1989 Boston Red Sox season

The 1989 Boston Red Sox season was the 89th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses, six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

1990 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1990 season was the 88th season for the Yankees. The team finished in seventh place in the American League East with a record of 67-95, finishing 21 games behind the Boston Red Sox. It was the Yankees' first last-place finish in 24 years, the first in the two-division era, and their most recent to date. New York was managed by Stump Merrill and Bucky Dent. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

1991 New York Mets season

The 1991 New York Mets season was the 30th regular season for the Mets. They went 77-84 and finished fifth in the National League East for their first losing season since 1983. They were managed by Bud Harrelson and Mike Cubbage. They played home games at Shea Stadium.

An interesting note is that two Mets home games against the Cardinals were cancelled on August 19 and 20 due to the Crown Heights riot; this puts the 1991 Mets, alongside the 1992 Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2015 Baltimore Orioles to have games affected due to riots.

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As one of the most successful clubs in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees are also one of its oldest teams. Part of that success derives to its radio and television broadcasts that have been running beginning in 1939 when the first radio transmissions were broadcast from the old stadium, and from 1947 when television broadcasts began. They have been one of the pioneer superstation broadcasts when WPIX became a national superstation in 1978 and were the first American League team to broadcast their games on cable, both first in 1978 and later on in 1979, when Sportschannel NY (now MSG Plus) began broadcasting Yankees games to cable subscribers. Today, the team can be heard and/or seen in its gameday broadcasts during the baseball season on:

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Seventh Avenue, Newark

Seventh Avenue, formerly known as the First Ward, is an unincorporated community and neighborhood within the city of Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the North Ward, and was famously the heart of the city's large Little Italy.

In its heyday, Seventh Avenue had a population of 30,000, including 11,000 children, in an area of less than a square mile. The center of life in the neighborhood was St. Lucy's Church, founded by Italian immigrants in 1891. Throughout the year, St. Lucy's and other churches sponsored processions in honor of saints that became community events. The most famous procession was the Feast of St. Gerard, but there were also great feasts for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady of Snow, the Assumption, and St. Rocco.

Joe DiMaggio loved the restaurants of Seventh Avenue so much that he would take the New York Yankees to Newark to show them "real Italian food." Frank Sinatra had bread from Giordano's Bakery sent to him every week until his death, no matter where in the world he was. New York Yankees catcher Rick Cerone also grew up in the First Ward.

One of the nation's largest Italian newspapers, The Italian Tribune, was founded on Seventh Avenue. Seventh Avenue produced stars such as Joe Pesci and Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons. Congressman Peter Rodino, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during its impeachment proceedings against Richard Nixon was a native of the First Ward as well.

Seventh Avenue was notoriously devastated following urban renewal efforts during the 1950s. Eighth Avenue was obliterated by the city council, scattering the Italian American residents to make way for the construction of the Columbus Homes housing project and Interstate 280. The area experienced one of the highest crime rates in the city during the 70s and was devastated by arson fires, leaving a landscape of rubble and burned out buildings. In the aftermath of that destruction, the neighborhood was largely rebuilt by erecting townhouses throughout much of the area, although most of its businesses never recovered. The construction of Interstate 280 also served to cut the neighborhood off from the rest of the city.

During the destruction which occurred after urban renewal, some of the First Ward's Italians stayed in the neighborhood, while others migrated to other Newark neighborhoods like Broadway, Roseville, and the Ironbound.

Seventh Avenue has people of all ethnic groups, with Puerto Ricans being prominent. There is still a large Italian American population, and there are many signs of the Italian presence in the area; however, next to a vacant lot, Giordano's at 33 Seventh Avenue is now closed.

St. Lucy's Church, which is now in a beautiful 1925 building, still exists and has a large feast for St. Gerard every October. The Feast of St. Gerard is a kind of reunion for old First Warders.

By their proximity to I-280, the Christopher Columbus Homes became a highly visible advertisement of Newark's poverty. As residents dwindled away, the Newark Housing Authority took to painting curtains and plants in apartment windows to create the illusion of habitation. Demolition of the projects began in 1994 and is now complete. Townhouses have been built on the former site of the projects, as well as throughout much of the rest of the neighborhood, replacing the vacant and burned out buildings, but the old street grid was not restored.

The Seventh Avenue neighborhood lies between the Orange Street and Broad Street stations on the Newark Light Rail. The Seventh Avenue neighborhood is bound by Interstate 280 to the south, Clifton Avenue to the west, Bloomfield Avenue to the north, and Broadway and Broad Street to the east. The Pavilion and Colonnade Apartments are located in the neighborhood.

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