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Silvera, Al

Aaron Albert Silvera

After his brief major league playing career, Silvera settled in Los Angeles and worked for a manufacturing company. Al also coached little league for 15 years and continued to love the game of baseball -- he even kept a batting cage in his backyard for his grandchildren's enjoyment. According to his daughter, Al was honored by the city of Beverly Hills in 1983, the year he retired from coaching, for being a role model, mentor, and inspiration to hundreds of little leaguers. The mayor declared it Al Silvera Day.

On July 24, 2002, Silvera, who was active in the Los Angeles Jewish community while living in Beverly Hills, passed away after a 25-year battle with brain cancer. In January 2003, he will be posthumously inducted into Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. August 26, 1935 - d. July 24, 2002

Career Highlights:
An outstanding ballplayer at Fairfax High School, Silvera played one season of freshman baseball at USC before turning pro. Silvera hit .143 as a Cincinnati Red in 1955. Al had only 7 career at-bats, 6 of them as a pinch-hitter. He nonetheless managed to score 3 runs and drive in 2 RBI.

Career Dates:
Silvera played for the Cincinnati Reds, 1955-56.


Physical description:
6'0", 180 pounds

Career Statistics:
Games: 14
Batting Avg.: .143
Slugging Avg.: .143

At-bats: 7
Hits: 1
Doubles: 0
Triples: 0

Home Runs: 0
Home Run %: 0.0
Runs: 3
RBI: 2

BB: 0
Strike Outs: 1
Stolen Bases: 0

Pinch Hitting
At-bats: 6
Hits: 1

Fielding Statistics
Put-outs: 0
Assists: 0
Errors: 0
Double-plays: 0

Total Chances per Game: 0
Fielding Avg: --

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