Samuel (Mon­je) Par­il­la (June 12, 1943 in San­turce, Puer­to Rico — Feb­ru­ary 9, 1994 in Brook­lyn, New York USA) was a left field­er and pinch-hit­ter for the Philadel­phia Phillies in 1970. He played in the minor leagues from 1963 to 1972.     His daugh­ter is actress Lana Par­ril­la.

Minor league career

Par­ril­la was orig­i­nal­ly signed by the Cleve­land Indi­ans as an undraft­ed free agent in 1963. He spent ten sea­sons in the minor leagues, until 1972, hit­ting .282 with 104 home runs, 165 dou­bles and 36 triples in 1,039 games.  Per­haps his best sea­son was 1969, when he hit .383 with 28 home runs and 85 RBI (all career highs) in 95 games for the Raleigh-Durham Phillies. That was the first of three con­sec­u­tive sea­sons in which he would hit .330 or bet­ter.  He played in the Indi­ans, New York Yan­kees, Phillies and Bal­ti­more Ori­oles sys­tems.

Major league career

Par­ril­la was sent to the Phillies in an unknown trans­ac­tion before the 1969 sea­son.  He made his major league debut on April 11, 1970 and played his final big league game on May 11 of that year. In 11 match­es, he col­lect­ed two hits in 16 at-bats for a .125 bat­ting aver­age. On May 3, he col­lect­ed his first hit against San Fran­cis­co Giants pitch­er Mike McCormick and on May 8, he col­lect­ed his sec­ond hit — a dou­ble — off of Los Ange­les Dodgers pitch­er Claude Osteen.  On Decem­ber 16, 1970, he was trad­ed to the Ori­oles with Jim Hut­to and Grant Jack­son for Roger Freed.

Death

Retired from base­ball for some 20 years, Par­ril­la was dri­ving his car in Brook­lyn, NY in the win­ter of 1994 when he was rammed from behind by a Jeep that con­tained sev­er­al pas­sen­gers. Both he and the oth­er dri­ver decid­ed not to report the acci­dent to their insur­ance com­pa­nies, agree­ing to meet a few days lat­er when Sam would col­lect the mon­ey for the dam­age to his car.  On the after­noon of Feb­ru­ary 9, 1994 Par­ril­la showed up to get his mon­ey at the cor­ner of Hoyt and Pacif­ic Streets. An argu­ment ensued and Par­ril­la was shot once in the chest by a 15-year-old assailant at point blank range. He was tak­en to Long Island Hos­pi­tal in Brook­lyn, where he died from his wound. Par­ril­la was just 50 years old.

Minor League Stats

Major League Stats