David Dellucci is a former professional baseball player, who has a batting average of .256 and 101 home runs throughout his baseball career. For 13 seasons, Dellucci was able to play for 7 teams, including Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.
Dellucci’s Amateur Career in High School and College
Dellucci attended Catholic High School in his hometown, where he got his first Most Valuable Player award for baseball and football. Because of his dexterity in the sport, he was also awarded Man of the Year by his school during his senior year. After high school, he decided to enroll at the University of Mississippi, where he earned an All-American Status for baseball and became the Athlete of the Year in 1995.
Major League Baseball Career
Dellucci soared high when he was still schooling at the University of Mississippi, yet he decided to go professional, however, the Major League Baseball central scouting thought of him as an effective utility outfielder. This led him to get a low 10th rank and he was eventually selected by the Baltimore Orioles. His debut in the major league was against the Milwaukee Brewers, where he played head to head against Cal Eldred.
Even if he was just a rookie in the major league, he helped the national team in triples. However, he was diagnosed with Kienbock’s disease, which became a hindrance for him to continue his baseball career. His disease forced him to undergo reconstructive surgery and extensive rehabilitation. In 2000, he returned to the team.
Many opportunities opened for Dellucci outside baseball, as he was offered to become a color commentator for Sports South and ESPN3. He was also inducted into the Louisiana American Italian Hall of Fame and became an advocate for Special Olympics and AIDS foundation. His generosity extended to those who had suffered from hurricanes Katrina and Rita through his charity foundation called Catch22forblue.
2001 World Series Champion