Santorini pitched for six years in the big leagues, going 17-38 for three different teams from 1968-1973. He came up with the Atlanta Braves in 1968 but pitched just once. He was selected by the Padres in that year’s expansion draft and joined the fledgling team’s rotation in 1969. He made 30 starts for San Diego and led the team with eight wins. Three years later he matched his career high in wins when he won eight games for the St. Louis Cardinals. Santorini’s big-league run concluded when he pitched six games for the Cardinals in 1973. He pitched in the minors in 1974 before retiring.
On September 16, 1972 Santorini threw a complete-game shutout for the Cardinals against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. He gave up eight hits while striking out three to get the win. It was the third shutout of his career. He went on to shut out the New York Mets on September 27, 1972. He allowed six hits while striking out 12 in that one. It would be the fourth, and final, shutout of his career.
Al Santorini – career stats