- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

A look at Tommy Giordano, who is entering his 69th year in professional baseball:

Born - Oct. 9, 1925

Hometown - Newark, N.J.

Team - Atlanta Braves.

Title - Special assistant to the general manager.

Playing Career - Spent 12 years in the minor leagues. Was called up to the majors leagues in 1953, but hit only .175 in 11 games with the Philadelphia Athletics and never returned.

Post-Playing Career - Scout for numerous teams, beginning with the Kansas City Athletics in 1960. Scouting director, player development executive and assistant to the general manager with the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. Joined the Braves after resigning from the Rangers last season.

Family - Wife, Berenice; two children; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Education - Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene (merged with Montclair State University in 1958).

Notable - Homered in first big-league game with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1953. That same year, led the Southern League with 24 homers, two more than Hank Aaron. Responsible for the drafting of Cal Ripken Jr. and Manny Ramirez. Voted by his peers as Major League Baseball’s East Coast scout of the year in 2007.

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