Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Hall of Mediocrity

This past Christmas I received a great gift, The Ballplayers: Baseball's Ultimate Biographical Reference. It's filled with about every player who has played in the major leagues. The best thing I have found in The Ballplayers is the random guys that had very little impact on the game but they still put them in there.Since it is spring training and baseball season is around the corner I thought on days that I am a little scatter brained or have nothing of interest to say I'll give you one of the guys I have found. If you know of one of these kinds of players with a weird background post a comment and I'll try to add them in.

Al Papai played 1948-50 and 55 for the Cardinals, Browns, Red Sox and Braves. 240 innings 9-14 record with a 5.37 ERA.

Papai was one of the 29 players to pitch for both St. Louis teams. In 1949, one of his two full ML seasons, he appeared in 42 games for the Browns, going 4-11. He once tripped over the chalk line on the way off the field.

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