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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: John Cangelosi

(Born March 10, 1963) - John Cangelosi is mostly remembered for showing that stature isn't everything when it comes to sports, particularly in baseball.

The outfielder had two stays in Western New York. He was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1982, and was assigned to the Niagara Falls Sox. There he led the New York-Penn League with 45 stolen bases.

Cangelosi continued to climb the ladder from there. He started 1985 in Mexico City, but returned to America to play most of that season with the Buffalo Bisons. The outfielder hit .238 with one homer and 21 RBIs with 14 stolen bases in 78 games.

That earned him the chance to play in the big leagues, and he won the starting job in center field for the White Sox in 1986. His first hit was a home run, and he went on to hit .235 with 50 stolen bases as a rookie.

Cangelosi was something of a fourth outfielder for the rest of his career. He bounced around a bit, including stops with the Pirates, Mets and Astros. Cangelosi picked up a World Series ring with the Florida Marlins in 1997, and retired in 1999. He currently runs a baseball training facility with Bo Jackson in Illinois.

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--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.