After a long and robust career with six different major league teams, he was displaced in 1945 at the age of 38, when younger ballplayers returned from World War II.
When Tony Cuccinello was cut from the White Sox in 1945 in favor of younger players returning from World War II, he finished the season at .308, one point behind the National League leader, George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss, who led at .309.
Cucinello retired from baseball after 15 years in the major leagues, boasting a .280 average and the admission that he was “the most surprised man in baseball.”
As a rookie third baseman with Cincinnati, Cuccinello batted .312, and then spent nearly a decade as a regular at second base. He hit .300 four more times, and led National League second basemen in assists and double plays three times each.
In addition to the Reds and the White Sox, Cuccinello played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Boston Bees and the Boston Braves. He was a member of the 1933 and 1938 All-Star teams, and after his dismissal from the White Sox, returned to Chicago to coach the team in 1959 under former teammate Al Lopez. The pair led the White Sox to the American League pennant that year.
Tony Cuccinello was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, and died in Tampa, Florida, in 1995