A Rochester sports legend has died. Johnny Antonelli, a star at Jefferson High School who went from graduation to the major leagues in 1948 died on Friday in Rochester. He was 89.
Local sportswriter Scott Pitoniak co-wrote a memoir with Antonelli about the baseball player’s life several years ago.
Pitoniak notes that Antonelli won many accolades for his pitching, especially when he played for the Giants.
“He was a World Series hero in 1954, a team with Willie Mays when they swept the Cleveland Indians, 4 straight, in ’54,” Pitoniak said.