A Glimpse of Fame: Brilliant but Fleeting Major League Careers

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Ron Necciai once struck out 27 hitters in a nine-inning minor league game. Floyd Giebell beat Bob Feller to clinch the 1940 American League pennant for the Detroit Tigers. John Paciorek had three hits in three at bats in his big league debut—and never played another game in the majors.

These three players and twelve other talented men (Bill Koski, Ed Sanicki, Joe Stanka, Bill Rohr, Al Autry, Joe Brovia, John Leovich, Bert Shepard, Doug Clarey, Marshall Mauldin, Bernie Williams, ...

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Overview

Ron Necciai once struck out 27 hitters in a nine-inning minor league game. Floyd Giebell beat Bob Feller to clinch the 1940 American League pennant for the Detroit Tigers. John Paciorek had three hits in three at bats in his big league debut—and never played another game in the majors.

These three players and twelve other talented men (Bill Koski, Ed Sanicki, Joe Stanka, Bill Rohr, Al Autry, Joe Brovia, John Leovich, Bert Shepard, Doug Clarey, Marshall Mauldin, Bernie Williams, and Frank Leja) reached the top of their profession only to sink back into obscurity. Through interviews with all the players and extensive research, their stories are told. Major and minor league year-by-year statistics for each player are included.

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Library Journal
Snelling, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, surveys the short careers of promising pitchers Ron Necciai and Bill Koski, hitting hopefuls Frank Leja and Joe Brovia, and 11 other potential big league stars. His interviews reveal both the high points and disappointments of the players' baseball lives, plus their later career adjustments. The players offer judgments--both fond and otherwise--on managers and coaches. Similar to Michael Fedo's One Shining Season ( LJ 2/15/91);for large sports collections.-- Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Medical Lib., Tucson
Booklist
Snelling...has a feel for these baseball footnotes and relates their stories with compassion and wit...excellent
The Yankees Bookshelf
an intriguing collection of character studies of players who had brilliant but fleeting major league careers
The SABR Bulletin
remind us both that anyone who reaches the level of major league baseball is extremely talented and that every player is an important part of the history of the game
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899508375
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Pages: 268

Meet the Author

Dennis Snelling is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the Pacific Coast League Historical Society. He lives in Rocklin, California. (Visit www.dennissnelling.com.)

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