Major League Pitcher Johnny Antonelli Dies at Age 89

A major league pitcher who grew up in Rochester and opened a chain of tire stores in the region has died at age 89.

Left-hander Johnny Antonelli achieved fame in the big leagues with the New York and San Francisco Giants in the 1950s.

He helped the Giants win the World Series in 1954 with 21 wins and a league-best 2.30 Earned Run Average. He also pitched for the Braves and the Indians.

He started his Firestone business during his playing career, and it later expanded to more than two dozen locations.

He sold the business in the 1990s.

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