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Perfect: The Rise and Fall of John Paciorek, Baseball's Greatest One-Game Wonder Paperback – March 31, 2015
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“A great book that captures the essence of baseball and every boy’s dream: to play in the major leagues. The story of John Paciorek is the stuff of legends.”
―Gary Adams, former UCLA baseball coach
“By perfect illogical fate, John Pacorek's 1.000 career batting average for one day's work in the big leagues is really more the measure of a man who came to understand that the baseball Gods simply threw him a proverbial curve ball. It can't be explained, yet Steve Wagner’s chronicling of that day does it, and makes you wonder more why John, and not Moonlight Graham, wasn’t the perfect person to have in the movie Field of Dreams.”
―Tom Hoffarth, columnist, Los Angeles Daily News
A great book that captures the essence of baseball and every boy’s dream: to play in the major leagues. The story of John Paciorek is the stuff of legends.”
Gary Adams, former UCLA baseball coach
By perfect illogical fate, John Pacorek's 1.000 career batting average for one day's work in the big leagues is really more the measure of a man who came to understand that the baseball Gods simply threw him a proverbial curve ball. It can't be explained, yet Steve Wagner’s chronicling of that day does it, and makes you wonder more why John, and not Moonlight Graham, wasn’t the perfect person to have in the movie Field of Dreams.”
Tom Hoffarth, columnist, Los Angeles Daily News
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He compares the one game debut of Paciorek to the debuts of some of the greatest players to ever play the game, and it seems as though he tries to claim that Paciorek is somehow more accomplished than guys like Willie Mays and Stan Musial just because the first game of his career was better than the first game of their careers. Wagner conveniently leaves out the parts of Mays and Musial both going on to play decades after their debuts and becoming Hall of Famers, while Paciorek never again played a Major League game.
The research here is very good, but it is also sometimes laughable how the author can claim that the career of Paciorek was somehow better than that of legends because of one game. Wagner kills his point even more by mentioning how other guys who played in that one game do not even remember the name of John Paciorek, despite what he tries to portray as a historically great player.
This book does a fine job of bringing to light a surely forgotten name in baseball history, but it also goes to great lengths to try to turn a man from a footnote into a legend, when he is far from a legend, and much more worthy of being just a footnote.
I am anxious to get it since I was at the University of Houston the day it happened and casually walking and chatting with his brother Tom, who had quite a mlb career himself besides being a shy and super nice guy he, was voted the second best looking player in mlb behind Jim Palmer.
I'm sure there a book in the works about Tom's story since he has had a bittersweet life with his broadcasting career amongst other things.
I wish him all the best and remember how friendly he was to just a plain poor boy fellow student from San Antonio namely moi.
I still look fondly upon the evening we both stood in Tom Beers, former Bronco and Patriot tight-end, wedding and the adventures that entailed.
I never meet John but it was half as friendly and nice as brother Tom he was Perfect in more important ways than going three for three.
Cheers to a great band of brothers and pretty damn good ball players as it as well.
Author Steven Wagner probes Paciorek's rise, his promise and the day he seemed like a ready-to-go star -- only to be sidelined forever by a chronic back condition. Paciorek is generous with his time and recollections of his all-too-brief career. But Wagner really fleshes it out by relating the tales of others who played their last game the same day -- Stan "The Man" Musial and ever-so-promising Cub Ken Hubbs. He also offers insights into the Mets' broadcast team -- Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner -- who worked the game.
If you like quirky stories about coulda-beens and shoulda-beens, Wagner's "Perfect" will be a fun read.
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