John Paciorek

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John Paciorek
Born: (1945-02-11) February 11, 1945 (age 69)
Detroit, Michigan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 29, 1963 for the Houston Colt .45s
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1963 for the Houston Colt .45s
Career statistics
Batting average 1.000
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 3

John Francis Paciorek (born February 11, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan) is an American former baseball player with three career Major League at-bats, all for the Houston Colt .45s in 1963.

Paciorek is famous for having arguably the greatest one-game career in baseball history. After being called up when rosters expanded in September, he started in the final game of the 1963 season, on September 29, as the right fielder. Against the New York Mets, Paciorek went to the plate five times, hitting three singles and drawing two walks, for a perfect career batting average and on-base percentage of 1.000, scoring four runs and driving in three during the game.[1][2][3]

After appearing for the Colts against the Mets in a 1964 pre-season exhibition game,[4] back injuries forced Paciorek to have surgery, causing him to miss the entire 1964 season. He then played in the minors until 1969, but never again played in the big leagues.

Of the 20 players in major league history with career batting averages of 1.000, Paciorek was the only one to have as many as five plate appearances.

Paciorek's brother Tom played for six major league teams during the 1970s and 1980s, and another brother, Jim, played 48 games for the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers.[5]

After his baseball career ended, Paciorek returned to school and earned a degree in physical education from the University of Houston. A Christian Scientist, he had spent several years as an instructor at a Jewish community center when, in 1976, an ad in the Christian Science Monitor for a PE teaching position at a California school caught his eye.[6]

He got the job at Clairbourn School in San Gabriel, California, a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school. In 1976 he and his wife Linda and their children moved to California, where he has taught PE and coached every sport since at Clairbourn.[7] [8][9]

Paciorek has four sons and four daughters. His nephew, Joey Paciorek, is in his eighth season as a catcher in the Milwaukee Brewers minor league organization.[10][11]

He has written two books, Plato & Socrates, Baseball's Wisest Fans and The Principle of Baseball, and All There is to Know About Hitting. He also runs a baseball instructional website,[12]

In 2014, the website created the John Paciorek Award to recognize big-league players who had short but distinguished careers.[13]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dennis Snelling: A Glimpse of Fame, McFarland & Company, Jefferson N.C., 1993, pp. 217–228

John Paciorek's blog including his thoughts on batting:


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