Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Player Profile: Dann Bilardello

I have sixteen cards of Dann Bilardello. This one is from 1984 Fleer.

Playing career: Backup catcher Dann Bilardello played in parts of eight seasons for the Reds, Expos, Pirates and Padres. In 382 games he hit .204 with 18 HR and 91 RBI. A full account of his career can be found in a profile and an interview at The Greatest 21 Days.

Where his now: Manages the Class-A Palm Beach Cardinals.

Interesting facts: His son Davis Bilardello pitched in the Cardinals organization in 2007 and 2008.

My memories: Only remember him from his card. I think his 1987 Topps card was one of my first baseball cards, and I remember the reference to his son named Davis on the back.

Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Dann Bi, between Dann Birkholz and Dann Birkholz Massage, both of which refer to a sensual masseuse in Dallas. There do not appear to be any other prominent Dann Bilardellos.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Craig Billeci.

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