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Dave Giusti
Giusti in 1967 with the Houston Astros.
Born: (1939-11-27) November 27, 1939 (age 84)
Seneca Falls, New York, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 13, 1962, for the Houston Colt .45s
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1977, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record100–93
Earned run average3.60
Career highlights and awards

David John Giusti, Jr. (born November 27, 1939) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher from 1962 to 1977, most notably as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates teams that won five National League Eastern Division titles in six years between 1970 and 1975 and, won the World Series in 1971.

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>> NARRATOR: The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum presents A selection from the White House Tapes: Conversation 832-004, which took place on January 3, 1973. >> PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON: It really is a marvelous thing with Clemente, um, we all have to die sometime but he died at the top >> UNKNOWN: Yeah, he sure did >> PRESIDENT NIXON: you know he's up into that series, so that when he did, you know >> UNKNOWN: Yeah >> PRESIDENT NIXON: and doing good things, and doing these other [unintelligible] he did-did--it does--very few people except people who knew him knew that Clemente, you know they knew him only as a baseball player but you fellas who knew him knew he was very concerned about humanitarian causes. >>UNKNOWN: very concerned [unintelligible] >>PRESIDENT NIXON: But then, as a result of an accident, a tragic accident, the world knows. I pick up The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Washington Star the day afterwards and there were just reams of articles about everything he had done all through the years. And, I had never known it. I had never seen a piece [unintelligible]. [Cross talk] >>PRESIDENT NIXON: Did you fellas know? [Cross talk] >> UNKNOWN: He didn't present himself in that vein [unintelligible] >> PRESIDENT NIXON: He didn't--he didn't try to publicize it in other words? >> UNKNOWN: [Unintelligible] didn't publicize >> PRESIDENT NIXON: Yeah >> UNKNOWN: or anything [unintelligible] >> PRESIDENT NIXON: but he just went back there and worked with those little--little kids >> UNKNOWN: that's right >> UNKNOWN: He got three more schools constructed [unintelligible] >> UNKNOWN: That's right, as you were saying [unintelligible] hand delivered these [12 second unintelligible] >> UNKNOWN: If you can look back at one specific thing, if, if you know at this time, the fact that last year during the World Series the whole country got to see what we've been seeing in Pittsburgh for the last 18 years--as he performed like a champion. And he had always wished, I think that, he could, not maybe--maybe not have the attention but have everybody see how he could play baseball. I think he had a great deal of pride in it. >> NARRATOR: For more information, please visit

Early life

While playing baseball for Syracuse University, Giusti pitched in the 1961 College World Series as a starting pitcher. He signed out of a college as a free agent with the Houston Colt .45s (later the Houston Astros), and played in Houston from 1962–68. Shortly before the 1968 expansion draft, Giusti was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, who left him unprotected, and he was then drafted by the San Diego Padres. Two months later, Giusti was then traded back to the Cardinals. He competed for the fifth starter's role in spring training but lost out to Mike Torrez.[1]

After the 1969 baseball season, Giusti was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Pirates, he was converted into a relief pitcher by manager Danny Murtaugh, and Giusti soon became one of the leading relief pitchers in the National League. Using his sinking palmball heavily, Giusti recorded 20 or more saves in each of the next four baseball seasons, and he led the National League with 30 saves in 1971 for the Pirates. Giusti appeared in three games for Pittsburgh in the 1971 World Series, earning a save in Game Four. Giusti was awarded The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award in 1971.

In 1973, Giusti was selected for the National League's All-Star Team. Giusti pitched a one-two-three seventh inning as the National League won the game 7–1.[2]

Shortly before the beginning of the 1977 season, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics as part of a ten-player trade – one that also sent Tony Armas, Rick Langford, Doug Bair, Doc Medich and Mitchell Page to the Oakland Athletics and sent Phil Garner, Chris Batton, and Tommy Helms to Pittsburgh.[3] In August, the Athletics sold Giusti's contract to the Chicago Cubs with whom Giusti finished the season, and after being released by the Cubs in November, Giusti retired from baseball.

Giusti's most valuable baseball pitch was his palmball.

Life Outside Baseball

After his baseball career, Giusti became a corporate sales manager for American Express. As of 2002, he is retired and living in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

See also


  1. ^ Iber, Jorge (2016). Mike Torrez: A Baseball Biography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-7864-9632-7.
  2. ^ "1973 All-Star Game Play by Play". Retrosheet. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Pirates, A's Swap 9 Players; Garner and Medich Key Men". The New York Times. Associated Press. March 17, 1977. Retrieved July 5, 2017.

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