Pellagrini and Inglese to be Honored by Italian Americans
Nov. 4, 2000
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Current head women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese and former baseball coach Eddie Pellagrini will be inducted into the Massachusetts chapter of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 4.
Inglese's appointment as head coach at Boston College on May 12, 1993 marked the beginning of a new era for Boston College women's basketball. A proven winner, she brought the vision of establishing the Boston College women's basketball program as a contender in both the BIG EAST Conference and the national spotlight. Inglese inherited a program that had not posted a winning season since 1989-90. In her first five years at the Heights, Inglese's combination of hard work, determination, and discipline helped build a foundation that would elevate the program to a record-breaking season in 1998-1999. The Eagles established a number of new milestones during the 1999-2000 season and set a new standard for the Boston College women's basketball program.
A product of Wallingford, Conn., she has brought the team to back-to-back NCAA tournaments in 1999 and 2000 and brought the team to a level equal with the elite women's basketball programs across the nation. In 2000, the team set a school record for wins with 26 and finished in a tie for third place in the powerful BIG EAST Conference, while going undefeated in home games.
Pellagrini was a 31-year head coach of the baseball team at the Heights, taking over the program in 1958 and mentoring it through the 1988 season. Pellagrini took the team to seven NCAA postseason berths, three NCAA District 1 Championships and made three trips to Omaha to the College World Series with the Eagles. He was inducted in to the Boston College Hall of Fame and in 1981, and was awarded the American Association of College Baseball Coaches Quarter Century Award for his leadership and devotion to college baseball. He was honored with the Jack Buterfield Award in 1985 given annually to the active New England coach who has demonstrated outstanding coaching qualities and shown a special dedication to the game of baseball.
The Dorchester, Mass. native enjoyed a nine-year professional career in the major leagues. In 1946 he was brought up from the Red Sox farm team and hit a homerun in his first Fenway Park at-bat, then hit three more hits off the Green Monster in left field. He also spent time with the St. Louis Browns and Philadelphia Phillies before ending his professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954.