Bulldog Hall of Fame
Carmen Fanzone Carmen Fanzone
Baseball, 1960-61

Fanzone, a native of Detroit, was one of the early Bulldog greats as evidenced by his .464 batting average during the 1960 season. The standout shortstop hit .418 during the 1961 season, leading Coach Frank Karas' squad in doubles (six), hits (23), home runs (three) and runs batted in (21). Ferris finished 14-3 in 1961 while outscoring opponents 108-55. Fanzone still ranks seventh on the all-time FSU chart in seasonal batting average (.418) with 40 or more at bats.

A promising musician, he performed with several Ferris musical groups and later transferred to Central Michigan University. Fanzone reached the major leagues in 1970 after being named Player of the Year in the Eastern League in 1968 and an International League All-Star in 1970. From 1971 to 1974, he was a popular utility man with the Chicago Cubs. As a major leaguer, he hit .224 with 132 hits in 588 at bats. His best season came in 1973 as he recorded a .273 average on the strength of 41 hits and 22 RBI's in 150 plate appearances. After quitting pro baseball, the Cass Tech grad became an accomplished jazz musician. Fanzone serves as business representative for Professional Musicians Local 47 in Hollywood. He and his wife, Sue Raney, a four-time Grammy nominee as a jazz vocalist, reside in Sherman Oaks.

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