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Fort Worth Flashback: Al Brancato played for Cats after major league career

Posted April 5, 2013

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Al “Bronk” Brancato played shortstop with the Texas League Fort Worth Cats during two different seasons: first in 1947 at age 28 and again in 1952 at age 33. This photo is from his 1947 season.

While still a senior at South Philadelphia High School, Brancato was signed by Connie Mack. When he joined the Philadelphia As, he was given a $1,000 bonus, which he gave to his parents.

He started in the minor leagues and was called up in 1939 to Philadelphia, where he played until World War II, when he enlisted in the Navy. He also played in a Navy baseball league with Yankees Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto.

After the war, Brancato returned to the Athletics, but his abilities had diminished and he only played one year. He played in the minor leagues for several years and also managed a team. He later coached baseball at St. Joseph’s University.

Brancato died in 2012 at 93.

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