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Santo Catanzaro

  • Sport: Softball
  • Decade Inducted: 90s

The “Ironman of Softball”, known as the best fast-pitch softball pitcher ever.

Born on May 28, 1907, in St. Louis, Missouri, Santo Catanzaro was known as the “Ironman of Softball.” He is considered by many softball historians as the best fast-pitch softball pitcher the game has ever seen. His career spanned over 18 years, beginning in 1933 when Catanzaro made his debut with the St. Louis Milius.

Catanzaro won 296 of the first 300 games he pitched, and
he and his teammates won the first ever National American Softball Tournament during his rookie year. They would go on to win the title in 1934, 1935, and 1936 as well. During one of Catanzaro’s greatest performances, he struck out 25 batters in succession, an incredible feat. He later had a record of 325-24 for a seven-year period in major competition. He played in eight straight league championships with the Milius.

Santo Catanzaro died on September 9, 1986. He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.