The Rise and Fall of John Paciorek, Baseball's Greatest One-Game Wonder
On Sale: January 15, 2015
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THE MAN WHO BATTED A THOUSAND
A spectacular major-league debut—then obscurity.
On the final day of the 1963 major-league baseball
season, Houston Colt .45s teen sensation John Paciorek—in
his one and only big-league game—went three-for-three,
giving him a career batting average of 1.000. He also
notched three RBI and scored four times. In the outfield
John played magnificently, cleanly fielding all four balls
hit to him. His was, truly, a perfect game—the most
spectacular game ever by a player in his only big-league
appearance. Then, a back injury dropped him just as quickly
back down to the minor leagues, where he soon departed from
A rare jewel of baseball history, Perfect tells
John’s remarkable story, from his childhood in Detroit, to
athletic excellence in high school, to a solitary season in
the low minors, to his one shining day in the majors and
everything that followed. It includes excerpts from the
play-by-play announcers watching his performance—Hall of
Famer Ralph Kiner and Lindsey Nelson—and reflections from
numerous outstanding major-league players who crossed paths
with John that day, including Rusty Staub and Jim Wynn.
The big question remains: What might John Paciorek have
become? His story is a fascinating one for anyone who
loves the game of baseball: wonderful nostalgia for older
fans, a bit of trivia brought fully to life, and a
tantalizing story of hope and inspiration for young players
aspiring to greatness.
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