Grand Salami

Mike Snow · May 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

In case anyone was wondering, Reno Bertoia hit one off Camilo Pascual on May 7, 1958, scoring Charlie Maxwell, Gail Harris, and Al Kaline. Hopefully it will not take 54 more years before we see another grand slam hit by an Italian-born player.


9 Responses to “Grand Salami”

  1. 9inningknowitall on May 23rd, 2012 2:39 pm

    That is easily the stat of the day right there.

  2. Mike Snow on May 23rd, 2012 2:40 pm

    In the random coincidence department, after both Liddi’s and Bertoia’s grand slams, each of their teams stood at 5 runs, 3 hits for the day.

  3. brianf on May 23rd, 2012 3:51 pm

    I believe the headline you want is:

    Salumi Grande

  4. Mike Snow on May 23rd, 2012 4:11 pm

    Thank you. Whether you want to say salami or the more general salumi, I would point out that in this context, until now you couldn’t properly have used either of those words. Either way, the word is plural, and before today there was only one.

  5. Westside guy on May 23rd, 2012 4:21 pm

    Dave Niehaus used it in the singular, and that’s good enough for me. 😀

  6. greymstreet on May 23rd, 2012 4:44 pm

    Grand Bologna

  7. G-Man on May 23rd, 2012 8:57 pm

    They asked Liddi how to say it in Italian and he said it is the same, “grand slam”. So IOW, they don’t translate it literally.

  8. ETsport on May 24th, 2012 9:52 am

    A little bit of etymology:

    as You can read in “”

    ‘Grand slam’ means “the maximum points possible”.

    [“a winning of all tricks in a card game,” 1620s, used especially in whist, of obscure origin. Grand slam in bridge first recorded 1892; earlier in related card games from 1814; figurative sense of “complete success” is attested from 1920; in baseball sense from 1935.]

    Considering that Baseball is an American Game, and that Americans exported it in Italy during the WWII (Anzio, Nettuno where U.S. soldiers took place and played baseball in the free time), it’s obvious that the italian words for baseball are -almost- the same of american language.

    In this case, ‘Grand Slam’ is the same for american and italian, no difference.
    If you want say it 100% the italian way, you can say “Grande Slam”.

    ‘Salami’ or ‘Salumi’ has nothing to do with ‘Slam’, baseball, or sport generally speaking. It’s just good for pizza.

  9. JimmyTheGeek on May 24th, 2012 11:14 pm

    Now everyone will expect and Italian-born player to hit a grand slam every 54 years.

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