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On This Day In History | 2000

July 18, 2018
Baseball 1996

Ciofrone (back, 4th from left) with the Brook in ’96

On this day 18 years ago, Paul Ciofrone ’96 was signed to his first professional baseball contract with the Long Island Ducks. From Newsday:

The Ducks signed Hofstra outfielder Paul Ciofrone of Smithtown to replace the departed Doug Jennings, whose contract was purchased by the Kansas City Royals last week. Said Ciofrone: “This is a great opportunity for me. I can’t beat this. I could have been playing somewhere in the Catskills instead of right here at home.”

The following day he made his first professional start, going 2-for-4 and recording an RBI on a double in the third inning.

Ciofrone was a standout slugger at Hofstra where he garnered 1st Team All-Conference honors thanks to a .408 batting average to go along with 11 home runs, the 9th highest HR total in Hofstra history.

The former Bear appeared in 13 games for the Ducks before moving on to Aberdeen Arsenal in Maryland. He spent three years in the minor leagues where he racked up 93 hits, 8 home runs, and 50 RBIs in 139 career games.

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Long Island Ducks

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