Greg Montalbano baseball minor leaguer’s full christened name was Gregory Joseph Montalbano and he was born on August 24, 1977 in Westborough, near Worcester, a city in Massachusetts, United States. He was a pitcher in the US baseball minor leagues. He battled cancer for 13 years and died 3 days before his 32nd birthday in his home town with his family.
Baseball in high school
Greg Montalbano went to school in Shrewsbury and attended St. John’s High School. The school’s baseball team, the Pioneers, who Greg pitched for, made the state finals in his senior year. St. John’s School also produced other notable baseball players such as Ron Darling (MLB All-Star pitcher), Brian Abraham (Boston Red Sox bullpen catcher), Ryan O’Rourke (Minnesota Twins pitcher), and John Andreoli (Chicago Cubs outfielder).
Baseball at university
After graduating from high school in 1995, Greg Montalbano enrolled for an industrial engineering degree. He made the Northern Illinois University Huskies baseball team while studying and also assumed the position of a pitcher for them. These teams compete in the Mid-American Conference. Nowadays you can actually bet on University Baseball games and teams such as the Huskies through any reputable sports betting site.
Greg Montalbano was chosen for the Boston Red Sox in 1999 during the 5th round of the amateur baseball draft. In 2000 Greg officially signed with the Red Sox and was entered into their minor league system. In 5 years, he played for teams such as Sarasota Red Sox, Lowell Spinners, Portland Sea Dogs, and Trenton Thunder where he awarded Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
What did he do after the Red Sox?
After Greg Montalbano was released from the Red Sox, he went on to play for the Worcester Tornadoes. They won the Can-Am League championship in the first inaugural season. Sports betting was not yet legal in the US so punters were excluded from betting on these leagues. In 2005, Greg was eventually inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame of the Northeastern University.
After his baseball career, Greg remained involved in the sport as giving back was very important to him. He returned to his alma mater, St Johns’ High School, as an assistant baseball coach. He also got involved with South End Baseball. He did regular talks to students across Massachusetts about testicular cancer awareness and also spoke at Jimmy Fund golf tournaments and also during Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethons.
Honoring Greg Montalbano
A year after his death in 2009, the Greg Montalbano Classic was instated to honour the life and contribution of Greg Montalbano. This baseball game is to held annually and is played between the baseball teams of Westborough and St. John’s in Shrewsbury. To pay tribute to Montalbano in the game, the Pioneers change their normal jerseys for numbered shirts with Greg’s name on the back.
Greg Montalbano did a lot to promote the game of baseball in his life. A lot has changed for baseball and sports in general in the USA. Legal online sports betting was only allowed in the US in 2018. These days you will be able to bet on the minor baseball leagues, college sport and even tribute games through any reputable sports betting site.