BOSTON (AP) – Eddie Pellagrini, a major-league infielder for eight years before coaching baseball at Boston College for more than 30 seasons, died on Wednesday, according to a spokesman for the Boston Red Sox. He was 88.

Pellagrini began his major league career with the Red Sox in 1946 when they won the AL pennant. He spent two seasons with them then played two years with the St. Louis Browns, one each with Philadelphia and Cincinnati and two with Pittsburgh.

In eight seasons, he batted .226 with 20 homers and 133 RBIs in 563 games. He was primarily a shortstop but spent considerable time at second base and first base and played eight games at first.

He took over as BC’s baseball coach in 1957 and won 359 games with three appearances in the College World Series before stepping down in 1988.

The baseball diamond at BC later was named for Pellagrini.

Red Sox spokesman John Blake said Pellagrini died on Wednesday, but that no other information was immediately available from the family. Pellagrini lived in Weymouth.

AP-ES-10-11-06 2147EDT

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