Carl Furillo played all of his 15 big league seasons for the Dodgers. He broke into the big leagues in 1946 and played the team’s final 12 seasons in New York. During that time Furillo exactly .300.
He helped the Dodgers win seven NL pennants and the 1955 and 1959 world championships. Furillo received votes in MVP balloting 8 times. The 1953 batting champ when he hit .344, Furillo was known for his strong and accurate throwing arm.
After 12 seasons in Brooklyn, Furillo moved to Los Angeles with the Dodgers. The first season in LA he hit .290 with 18 homers, 83 RBI and finished 21st in MVP voting. In 1959 he earned his second ring in the Dodgers first title in Los Angeles.
Furillo had two notable nicknames. He signed his first pro contract at age 17 and reported to the Reading, Pennsylvania minor league team. Because of his strong arm he got the nickname “The Reading Rifle”. His other nickname was “Skoonj”, which came from the word “scungilli”, Italian for his favorite dish – sea snail.
For his career, Furillo finished one hit shy of .300. He collected 1,910 hits, 1,058 RBI, and 324 doubles. In the field he posted 10 or more assists in nine consecutive seasons, and finished with 151 for his career.
In the collection is this government postcard signed by Furillo during Brooklyn’s 1955 championship season.
Snubbed by the BBWAA because he sued the Dodgers in 1960 and won his lawsuit. 2 votes his first year of eligibility, 2 votes his second year, then dropped from the ballot. Also on the ballot with Furillo in his first year was Enos Slaughter, who got 100 votes from the Baseball owners lackeys in the BBWAA. Enos never won a batting title, played 19 years to Carl’s 15 and yet had only 1 more assist than Carl. Not saying Carl should be in the HOF but deserving of far more than 4 votes in 2 years.
Carl wasn’t a dirty player like Slaughter either.