December 10, 1906|
New York, New York
|Died: March 11, 1987
Rockville Centre, New York
|July 19, 1929, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 30, 1933, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Earned run average||5.85|
Francis Joseph "Bots" Nekola (December 10, 1906 – March 11, 1987) was an American professional baseball player and scout. The native of New York, New York, was a left-handed pitcher who appeared in 11 games in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees (1929) and Detroit Tigers (1933). He stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).
Nekola attended Evander Childs High School and the College of the Holy Cross. He went from the Holy Cross campus to the Majors, appearing with the Yankees in nine games during their 1929 season, all in relief. In his big league debut July 19, he pitched 2⅔ scoreless, one-hit innings against the Cleveland Indians. Nekola made his first minor league appearance the following season, and his career would continue in the minors through 1938, interrupted only by a two-game trial with the 1933 Tigers.
Following his playing career, he was the Boston Red Sox' longtime amateur scout in the New York and New Jersey regions. In that capacity, in 1959, Nekola scouted and signed future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Carl Yastrzemski.
He died in Rockville Centre, New York.
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