Solons Pitcher 1953 - 1957

Mario Gustino Candini, attended Manteca High School, where he lettered in baseball, basketball, football and track, four years each.

He started his professional baseball career at the age of 19 in the Yankee organization with El Paso of the Arizona- Texas League. The next season he went with Norfolk, Va., in the Piedmont League. After spending two more years in "B" ball, he joined the Oakland Oaks in 1940, where he had a 3 - 3 record the first five weeks of the season and was returned to Kansas City.

Milo came up with a sore arm in 1942, and was sold to the Washington Senators where he had a 11 - 7 record in 1943 and a 7 - 0 record as a reliever in 1944.

He joined the Army in 1945 and saw action in the South Pacific. When the War ended, he rejoined the Senators in 1946, with one month left to play in the season. In 1947 and 1948 he posted identical records as a relief pitcher with four wins and three losses. He returned to the Oaks in 1949.

The right hander started for the Solons in mid-1953 and was a regular part of the rotation, pitching over 40 games in each season through 1957. His best year was 1957, when he pitched 100 innings with an ERA of 1.98. He later returned to Manteca, where he died in 1998 at the age of 80.


Copyright 2001, William B. Shubb.