Monday, June 22, 2009

1951 Bowman #256 Ken Silvestri

My Dad added this 1951 Bowman card to "our" Phillies team set yesterday.

Ken Silvestri served in the U.S. Army from December 1941 until November 1945. From 1949 to 1951, Ken played in only 19 games for the Phillies, hitting just .212 with 5 RBI. Following his playing days, Ken coached with the Phillies in 1952 and 1953. After a 4-year minor league managerial career, Ken returned to the Phils in 1959 where he was a coach with the team for two more seasons.

Did You Know?: Ken's first stop as a minor league manager was in 1955 for the Yankees' affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.