One year and one day ago, the greatest hitting career began and ended on the same day.
The scene: Houston Colt .45s stadium, September 29, 1963 (final game of the season)
The game: New York Mets vs. Colt .45s
John Paciorek, recently called up from the minors, starts in right field in his major league debut.
Paciorek, batting 7th, gets a walk in his first major league plate appearance in the bottom of the 2nd. He later scores on a triple by John Bateman.
Paciorek came up again in the bottom of the 4th and singles, driving in Rusty Staub and Bob Aspromonte. Paciorek would score his 2nd run on a sac fly by pinch hitter Pete Runnels.
Paciorek would single again in the bottom of the 5th, driving in Aspromonte again. He scored his 3rd run on a single by pinch hitter Bob Lillis.
Paciorek came to bat again in the bottom of the 6th, drawing his 2nd walk. H scored his 4th run on another Bob Lillis single.
Paciorek's last at-bat came in the bottom of the 8th inning and he hit his 3rd single of the game.
The game ended and John Paciorek's line looked like this:
3-3 (all singles) 4 runs scored, 3 RBIs, and 2 walks. This would be the only major league game in John Paciorek's career. He ended up with a batting average of 1.000, an OBP of 1.000 and an OPS of 2.000.
Unfortuately for John, he had to have back surgery in 1964. He came back and played in the minors until 1969, but never made it back to the majors.
Of the 20 people in major league history with a batting average of 1.000, none has as many hits as John Paciorek.
John's brother Tom Paciorek played 18 seasons in the majors. His other brother Jim, played 48 games for Milwaukee in 1987.
As for the title of this post, I'm sure John would have traded his perfect stats for the 4465 at-bats and .282 average his brother Tom had in his career.
I don't have a card to show, but you can see one here.