WIMPY!

Former American League All-Star Tom Paciorek
Was A Steady Force At The Plate For 18 Seasons

By Todd Newville

Tom Paciorek - 1984 Topps baseball card

Former major leaguer Tom Paciorek certainly had a nice-looking swing. But, some people thought he was just nice looking - period.

Paciorek (who stood a majestic 6-foot-4 and weighed a lean 215 pounds during his prime) made a name for himself on the baseball diamond thanks to his consistent bat. After his playing days, he also found his niche as an analyst and color commentator inside broadcast booths for several major league teams.


Tom Paciorek began his pro baseball career with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization.
But, perhaps he could have been just as successful as a movie star or singer. After all, there have been reports that he strongly resembles a couple of entertainment icons - namely actor Michael Douglas and singer Pat Boone. Douglas has starred in Hollywood blockbusters like “Fatal Attraction,” “Wall Street,” and “Basic Instinct.”

Boone has recorded songs for over 50 years - running the gamut from rock-and-roll to gospel. Like Douglas, he also has his share of lady admirers.

“Actually, I haven’t heard that I looked like Michael Douglas,” said Paciorek, “but I have heard Pat Boone before.”

During his career, Paciorek was once picked by a Chicago newspaper as the second-best looking major leaguer behind pitcher Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles. Female baseball fans swooned when Palmer (a Hall of Famer) appeared in a series of Jockey underwear ads during the early 1980s.

“I always tell people that I was voted second best looking - and everybody else tied for first,” said Paciorek. “That’s my standard comeback. I guess Jim Palmer would be the best looking but I don’t even know when or where that poll was taken - or why. I like the compliment, though.”

While Paciorek isn‘t a big movie star or a famous crooner, he certainly had a colorful and memorable 18-year major league career. Neither the silver screen nor the recording studio beckoned for Paciorek. But, sports sure did. When he was younger, Paciorek proved to be a very talented all-around athlete.

In the 1961 Pony League World Series, Paciorek (a shortstop at the time) scored the winning run in the 10th inning to give Hamtramck, Mich., a 2-1 win and the title over San Antonio, Texas. Later, he played sports at St. Ladislaus High School in Hamtramck - a suburb near where Paciorek was born in Detroit in ‘46.

After compiling a superlative prep sports resume at St. Ladislaus, Paciorek went to the University of Houston, where he played both football and baseball. An education major, Paciorek was a two-time All-American on the baseball diamond and he lettered three years in football for the Cougars.

In 1966, Paciorek (a defensive back) tied Gus Holloman for the team lead with six interceptions for the Cougars. The ’66 Houston squad went 8-2 and finished the season ranked No. 19 in the UPI poll. In ’67, the Cougars were 7-3 and completed the year 16th in the AP poll and 19th again in the UPI.


Tom Paciorek (as he appeared on his 1976 Topps baseball card)

In 1968, Paciorek (who was inducted into Houston’s Athletic Hall of Honor in 1978) was drafted in the ninth round by the Miami Dolphins of the American Football League. But, baseball was his calling and the Los Angeles Dodgers made him their fifth-round draft choice in the ’68 amateur draft.

The 1968 draft was very good for the Dodgers. Besides Paciorek, the Dodgers also acquired future major leaguers Davey Lopes, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Bill Buckner, and Joe Ferguson via the draft that year. All would prove to be key components of future Dodger clubs who would go on to win three National League pennants during the 1970s.


Tom Paciorek (as he appeared on his 1978 Topps baseball card)
“That might have been the best draft in the history of baseball because everyone played a long time in the big leagues,” Paciorek said of that stellar group of ballplayers. “Some had better careers than others, but they were all tremendous players and good baseball minds. They were all great people.

“The Dodgers back then really prided themselves on having the best scouting system in the majors. It certainly showed in that 1968 draft. It was really the foundation of the Dodgers teams of the 1970s and early 1980s.”

As good an athlete as Paciorek was, he might not have even been the best athlete in his family. He had two other brothers who played major league baseball - older brother John and younger brother Jim.

John (an outfielder) logged a perfect 1.000 batting average in his career. In his only game at the big-league level, he went 3-for-3, walked twice, scored four times and knocked across three runs for the Houston Colt 45s in a 13-4 win over the New York Mets on Sept. 29, 1963.

Jim was pretty good, too. He only hit .228 in 48 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1987. But, he also played six years in Japan - winning a batting title in 1990 with a .326 average for the Taiyo Whales.

Not many families can say they had three siblings play in the majors. The Boyers (Clete, Ken, and Cloyd), the Alous (Felipe, Matty, and Jesus), the DiMaggios (Joe, Vince, and Dom), the Sewells (Joe, Luke, and Tommy), and the Delahantys (Tom, Jim, Frank, Joe and Ed) are some of the more noteworthy brothers who have played professionally in the big leagues. And, so are the Pacioreks.

“My brother John was a much better athlete than I was growing up,” said the 60-year-old Paciorek, who now lives in Stone Mountain, Ga., just outside Atlanta. “He was All-American in football and basketball in high school. He and Rusty Staub were the top two prospects in the country in baseball when they both signed with the Houston Colt 45s. Unfortunately, he had a back problem and he hurt it while he was playing.

“He’s the only man to hit 1.000 with at least three hits. That’s saying something. And, Jim was the best football player in the country and won the Hertz award when he was a senior in high school. He went to Michigan to play quarterback but they moved him around so much to the point that he just played baseball. He had a great career in Japan and won a batting title there.”


Tom Paciorek was the fifth player in Seattle Mariners history to play in an All-Star Game in 1981.

As for Tom, he started his professional baseball career at rookie level in ‘68 with Ogden (Utah) in the Pioneer League, hitting a sizzling .386 with 23 RBI in 29 games. That earned him a quick promotion to Bakersfield (Calif.) of the Class A California League. There, he hit .276 in 38 games.


Tom Paciorek (.326) finished second in the American League batting race in 1981 behind Carney Lansford of the Boston Red Sox, who hit .336 that year.
In 1969, Paciorek started the year at Bakersfield again, hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 20 doubles, and 53 ribbies over 91 games. In 1970, he hit .326 and posted some impressive power numbers for Spokane (Wash.) of the Pacific Coast League: 17 homers, 36 doubles, 101 RBI. He also had 179 hits and 88 runs scored in 146 contests.

That impressive performance earned him a ticket to the big leagues. In his major league debut, Paciorek went 1-for-4 in an 8-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 12, 1970. In mostly pinch-hit duty, Paciorek hit .222 in eight big league games that year.

In ’71, he was back at Spokane, where he hit the ball at a .305 clip with 15 homers, 105 ribbies, 31 doubles, 14 triples, 89 runs scored, and 172 hits in 144 games. He also saw action in two games for the Dodgers that year - hitting .500.

In 1972, Paciorek had a marvelous season for the Albuquerque (N.M.) Dukes of the Pacific Coast League. He hit a solid .307 with 27 homers, 107 RBI, 125 runs scored, 33 doubles, 186 hits, 605 at-bats and a .512 slugging percentage in 147 games. Paciorek led the league in at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, and homers. In the process, he also set several Dukes’ single-season hitting records for most runs scored, most hits, most at-bats, and most games played in one year.

For his gargantuan efforts with the bat, Paciorek was named Minor League Player of the Year for ’72 by The Sporting News. The Dukes were managed by future Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda that year - compiling a sparkling 92-56 record as they beat Eugene (Ore.) in the playoffs three games to one for the PCL championship.

That ’72 Albuquerque squad featured many players who would go on to form the core of an outstanding Los Angeles franchise for years to come. Some of the players were from the aforementioned draft class of 1968, such as Cey, Lopes, and Ferguson. Cey hit .329 with 23 homers and 103 RBI for the Dukes in ’72 while Lopes (.317) and Ferguson (.261) also contributed for Albuquerque.

On the Dukes’ roster, there was also Larry Hisle (.325, 23 HR, 91 RBI), a former Philadelphia hand who would go on to have a solid 14-year major league career mainly with the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers. Future big leaguers Charlie Hough (14-5), Doug Rau (14-3), and Geoff Zahn (10-1) were the workhorses on the mound.

Late in ‘72, Paciorek worked himself into 11 Dodger games, hitting .255. When 1973 rolled around, Paciorek found himself in a crowded situation with the Dodgers during spring training. Thanks to their superb scouting through the years, Los Angeles now had a good “problem” with a plethora of talented outfield prospects. Paciorek basically ended up as a platoon player for L.A.

Behind veterans Willie Davis and Manny Mota, the Dodgers had Paciorek as well as Buckner, Lee Lacy, Willie Crawford, and Von Joshua ready to crack the lineup at Dodger Stadium. Playing time was limited inside the confines of Chavez Ravine - but Paciorek tried to make the most of his chances.


Tom Paciorek signs autographs before a White Sox game.

In ‘73, he hit .262 in 96 games and, in ’74, he hit .240 in 85 games. Despite good effort, Paciorek wasn’t able to find a regular spot with the Dodgers. He did, however, see action in the 1974 World Series against the Oakland A’s - getting a pinch-hit and hitting .500 for the Series as LA lost in five games.

“I just got to pinch hit a couple of times but it was great,” Paciorek said of playing in the Fall Classic. “It was great and it’s a big thrill any time you can play in the World Series. We were kind of overwhelmed by Oakland. We thought we had the better team but they had a total team effort. We just didn’t realize how good Rollie Fingers, Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Ken Holtzman, Joe Rudi, Reggie Jackson, and Sal Bando were. What a great group of players they were!”


Tom Paciorek was traded to the White Sox from the Mariners in 1981 and helped the Chisox to the AL West title in 1983.
The A’s were just 90-72 during the regular season - compared to the Dodgers’ record of 102-60. But, Fingers (a Hall of Fame reliever with 341 career saves) earned World Series MVP honors after winning the first game 3-2 and saving Games 3, 4, and 5. Hunter (25-12), Blue (17-15), and Holtzman (19-17) were the mainstays of the rotation while Rudi (.293, 22 HR, 99 RBI), Jackson (.289, 29 HR, 93 RBI), and Bando (22 HR, 103 RBI) were the offensive leaders for Oakland.

“They were the consummate team and they certainly deserved to win it,” Paciorek added. “Playing as a team was their trademark. They got disbanded and split up soon after. From a talent standpoint, we might have been better. But, they just had the better team in the end.“

After hitting an uncharacteristically low .193 in 1975, Paciorek was traded on Nov. 17 to the Atlanta Braves along with Lacy, infielder Jerry Royster, and outfielder Jimmy “The Toy Cannon” Wynn for outfielder Dusty Baker and first baseman Ed Goodson.

In 1976, Paciorek’s average rose again to .290 in 111 games. But, he was still fighting to grab a regular spot on a big league roster - playing in the outfield as well as at first base and third base. In ’77, he hit just .239 as Atlanta continued to try him in the outfield and at the corners of the infield.

In ‘78, Paciorek batted .333 in five games for Atlanta, but the Braves released him on March 30. Soon, he was back with the team on April 7 - then released again by the Braves on May 23. At that point, Paciorek might have been at the low point of his professional baseball career.

“I might be the only player to ever be released by the same team twice in two months time,” Paciorek quipped.

But, all was certainly not lost for Paciorek. On the contrary, the Seattle Mariners came calling and offered him a chance later on May 31. They assigned him to their top affiliate with the Triple A San Jose (Calif.) Missions of the PCL, where Paciorek hit .281 with three homers and 17 RBI in just 16 contests.

“I was very fortunate with the Mariners because I was released twice by the Braves that year,” Paciorek remembered. “I had a good week or two in the minor leagues that year and, unfortunately for him, Ruppert Jones ended up having an appendectomy. So, I got called up back to the big leagues.”


Tom Paciorek (as he appeared on his 1980 Topps baseball card)

Jones missed 34 games because of surgery. A 12-year major league veteran, he was a two-time All-Star with Seattle and the San Diego Padres. In 1979, Jones came back and led the AL with 162 games played while hitting .267. Still, that bit of medical misfortune for Jones in ‘78 opened a door for Paciorek.


Tom Paciorek (as he appeared on his 1981 Topps baseball card)
In fact, Paciorek kicked that proverbial door off its hinges with a great performance one Sunday afternoon against Milwaukee. On July 2, 1978, the Mariners beat the Brewers 4-3 in 11 innings at The Kingdome. In that contest, Paciorek (as Seattle’s designated hitter) went 4-for-4 with a pivotal home run off Milwaukee’s Mike Caldwell.

That was no small feat, either. Caldwell was the Brewers’ ace that year, going 22-9 with a 2.36 ERA. He threw 23 complete games to lead the American League and, for that, was named Comeback Player of the Year for ’78 by The Sporting News. Such success against a stellar mounds man seemed to catapult Paciorek toward a solid major league career after that.

“Thank goodness for Mike Caldwell,” Paciorek said. “He was pitching for the Brewers and we needed someone to bat ninth and DH. I homered and went four-for-four off him. That was fortunate for me. It really was because he was an outstanding pitcher that year - one of the aces of the American League.”

The next day after his successful encounter against Caldwell, Paciorek (this time playing left field) had two more hits and a home run against Oakland’s Pete Broberg in a 5-3 loss to the Athletics in The Kingdome. “I hit another home run that day. Then, Ruppert came back after that. I thought I was going down for the third time.”

By that comment, Paciorek meant that he believed he might be released again for the third time in ’78. But, Seattle sent pitcher Dick Pole down to the minors instead - making room for Paciorek’s hot bat. “It was just a fortunate series of events for me. After that, I was able to play in the majors for quite a long time.”

Paciorek ended the 1978 campaign with a .299 average in 70 games with Seattle. At that point, he still wasn’t an everyday player. But, he continued to make consistent contributions to the Mariners for the next couple of seasons.


Tom Paciorek in his Chicago White Sox uniform.

In 1979, Paciorek hit .287 with 42 RBI and 23 doubles in 103 games. In 1980, he hit .273 as he got a little more playing time - hitting 15 home runs with 59 RBI in a career-high 126 games. That season, Paciorek went 3-for-4 and performed a Ruthian-like feat by hitting a fourth-inning solo homer for a youngster victimized by cerebral palsy on June 29, helping the Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 at The Kingdome. Then, in 1981, Paciorek had a career year for Seattle.

He represented the Mariners on the American League’s All-Star team in ‘81 and hit .326 with 14 homers and a career-high 66 RBI. He finished second in the Junior Circuit in batting behind only Boston’s Carney Lansford, who hit .336. He tied California’s Don Baylor for sixth in the league in ribbies while also tying Milwaukee’s Cecil Cooper for third in total bases with 206.


Tom Paciorek (as he appeared on his 1981 Donruss baseball card)
Paciorek was also third in the league in doubles (28), fourth in slugging percentage (.509), fourth in hits (132), 10th in on-base percentage (.379), and 10th in at-bats (405.) His 78 runs created were second in the league behind only Boston’s Dwight Evans. Paciorek also ranked fifth in the AL in both extra-base hits (44) and times on base (171.)

Paciorek finished 10th that year in the balloting for the American League’s MVP award - which Fingers won with the Brewers. In the 52nd All-Star Game at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, Paciorek had a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the second inning to help the Americans take a 1-0 lead.

But, the Nationals won the game 5-4 on a two-run home run by Philadelphia’s Mike Schmidt in the eighth inning. Gary Carter of the Expos hit two homers to win MVP honors as the game attracted an All-Star Game-record 72,086 fans. The contest was played on Aug. 9 because of the players’ strike that year. The labor dispute wiped out two months of the season - 706 games to be exact. But, baseball was back.

“Being in the same uniform with the other American Leaguers was tremendous,” Paciorek said. “We lost that game but (Royals manager) Jim Frey wanted to use everybody that night. We wound up having (Toronto pitcher) Dave Stieb hit off Bruce Sutter in the last of the ninth. I pinch hit early in the game off Tom Seaver. I hit a ball that I thought was right at Mike Schmidt at third. But, it went down the third base line. The coach kept saying ’Go, Go, Go!’ and I thought he meant just keep running down the line into right field.

“But, he meant for me to round the bag. I look up and the ball is rattling down in the left field corner. So, I ended up turning a stand-up double into a single. It was my only All-Star appearance and I was very glad to be there. It was a thrill and one of those games that you wished would never end. It was such a treat to be in that atmosphere.”

Paciorek (to that date) was only the fifth Mariner in history to become an All-Star, the others being Jones in 1977, Craig Reynolds in ’78, Bruce Bochte in ’79, and Rick Honeycutt in ’80. Oddly enough, Seattle traded Paciorek after his glorious ’81 season - sending him to the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 11 for shortstop Todd Cruz, catcher Jim Essian, and utility man Rod Allen.

With the Chisox in ’82, Paciorek hit .312 with 11 homers and 55 ribbies. He spent some time on the disabled list that year while splitting duties between the outfield and first base. In 1983, he contributed a .307 average along with 63 RBI and 32 doubles as the White Sox won the AL West crown with a gaudy 99-63 record.


Tom Paciorek (as he appeared on his 1985 Donruss baseball card)

Paciorek’s hot bat late in the year helped Chicago win the division that season. On Aug. 31 against the Kansas City Royals, Paciorek went 3-for-4. That was the beginning of a torrid streak that saw him hit .424 (39-for-92) in September and October. At one point, Paciorek hit in 16 straight games. He ended the year hitting safely in 23 of his last 25 ballgames that campaign.


Tom Paciorek (as he appeared on his 1984 Fleer baseball card)
In ’84, Paciorek batted .256 in 111 games and played in the longest (as well as the slowest) game in American League history. On May 8 at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat the Brewers 7-6 in a whopping 25-inning affair that took 8 hours and 6 minutes to play.

Because of curfews, the contest ended tied at 3-3 after 17 innings on May 8. When the game resumed the next day, Ben Oglivie of Milwaukee hit a three-run homer in the 21st inning. But, the White Sox answered with three runs - two coming on a Paciorek single.

In the 25th inning, Chicago outfielder Harold Baines homered on the 753rd pitch of the game to bring a merciful end to the marathon. Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk caught all 25 innings for the Chisox while Tom Seaver won the game in relief. Seaver also started the regularly-scheduled game that day against the Brewers - and won, giving the Hall of Famer two of his 311 career victories on the same day.

Paciorek (who played left and first during the game) didn’t enter the contest until the fourth inning. But, he wound up as the biggest overall offensive star of the game by getting five hits in nine at-bats along with three RBIs and a run scored.

“I was eating a pizza about the fourth inning in the umpires’ room with a bunch of other guys,” Paciorek remembered. “Then, someone yelled inside the room that I had to go hit for Ron Kittle because he had a migraine. I threw my slice of pizza down and ran out there. Don Sutton struck me out on three pitches.

“Seaver started the regular game that day and ended up winning two games in one day. As for me, I had a pretty good week that day. Later on, I broke my hand that year and then things fell apart for me with the White Sox after that. But, that was certainly a very memorable game for me.”

Paciorek’s broken hand landed him on the disabled list for 28 days that year. In 1985, he hit .246 in 46 games for the Chisox before being traded that season on July 16 to the New York Mets for utility man Dave Cochrane. In 46 games with the Mets, Paciorek batted .284.

The Mets released Paciorek on Nov. 13, 1985. Then, the Texas Rangers later signed him as a free agent on Dec. 10. In 1986, Paciorek hit .286 in 88 games as a part-time player, shifting between first, third, and the outfield. On May 12 that year, he went 5-for-6 in a 19-2 rout of the Cleveland Indians. In ‘87, he hit .283 in just 27 games before calling it quits.

For his career, Paciorek hit .282 overall with the Dodgers, Braves, Mariners, White Sox, Mets, and Rangers. He collected 1,162 hits, 232 doubles, 86 homers, scored 494 runs, garnered 503 RBI and had a .325 on-base percentage along with a .415 slugging percentage.

Playing in a World Series and being selected to an All-Star squad were big thrills for Paciorek. But, perhaps the biggest honor for him was being inducted into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame - founded in 1973 to recognize outstanding American athletes of Polish descent. Paciorek was inducted in 1992.


Tom Paciorek (as he appeared on his 1985 Fleer baseball card)

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, former Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka, and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Ham are just a few of the athletes in that Hall. Ted Kluszewski, Tony Kubek, Whitey Kurowski, Ed Lopat, Stan Lopata, Greg Luzinski, Bill Mazeroski, Stan Musial, Phil and Joe Niekro, Johnny Podres, Al Simmons, Bill Skowron, Frank Tanana, Alan Trammell, Carl Yastrzemski, and Richie Zisk are other famous Polish baseball players who are also in the Hall with Paciorek.


Tom Paciorek with Todd Newville. (Photo by Pat Skok)
“That’s the biggest honor I’ve ever had,” Paciorek proudly stated. “It’s great to be included in the same group with guys like the Niekro brothers, Bill Skowron, Tony Kubek, Stan Musial, and Carl Yastrzemski.

“A lot of people don’t realize that there were a lot of great Polish players - in all sports. To be associated with that group is a tremendous honor. To even be mentioned with those guys is really an honor for me. That’s the best honor I’ve ever had and it’s something I’ll always cherish.”

Paciorek always thought highly of two former opponents - George Brett and Robin Yount. Brett played 21 years with the Kansas City Royals and won three American League batting titles - hitting .333 in 1976, .390 in 1980, and .329 in 1990. Yount spent 20 seasons with Milwaukee and won two MVP awards in 1982 and ‘89.

Brett also won an MVP in 1980, when he flirted with the .400 mark. He also had a career .337 average in postseason play. Both have over 3,000 career hits - Brett with 3,154 and Yount with 3,142. Both were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1999.

“I think my two favorite players of all time that I played against were George Brett and Robin Yount,” Paciorek said. “George Brett has become a dear friend and I thought he epitomized the way the game should be played. He was an icon for the Royals for over two decades and was just a great player and an even better person.

“Robin Yount played the game right, too. He ran everything out and never dogged it. They were two great role models who gave a great example to younger players. It was an honor to be on the same field with those guys. You wanted to impress them and make them think that you were pretty good, too. They were something special and they really stood out in my mind.”

After his playing career, the well-spoken and knowledgeable Paciorek became a standout television broadcaster. He started out with the White Sox providing color commentary for play-by-play man Ken Harrelson, who played nine seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Athletics, Cleveland Indians, and Washington Senators. In 1968 with the Bosox, Harrelson finished third in the MVP voting after hitting .275 with 35 homers and 109 RBI.


Tom Paciorek, working in the broadcast booth for the Washington Nationals in 2006.

Paciorek spent 13 seasons in the booth with Harrelson - forming a close bond. Then, in 2000, he worked for the Detroit Tigers. The next five years saw him doing color commentary for the Atlanta Braves. Just last year, he worked for the Washington Nationals alongside play-by-play man Bob Carpenter. But, the Nationals let Paciorek go after last season. Paciorek might get back into broadcasting soon.


Tom Paciorek today.
“I’ve got some feelers out there, but I was really disappointed,” Paciorek said of not being asked back by Washington for the 2007 season. “In 19 years of broadcasting, that was the most fun I’ve had. I was pretty proud of that team and what they accomplished. I loved being part of that team. I thought our broadcasts were really well-received. We’ll see what happens.”

As for now, Paciorek keeps busy as a “professional babysitter,” as he terms it. He has six children (four girls and two boys) and five grandkids. All of his grandchildren live close to his home in Stone Mountain. “All my grandchildren are here in the Atlanta area and I get to see them quite a bit,” Paciorek said, “so that’s great. I get to see them any day I want, so life’s good.”

Paciorek was nicknamed “Wimpy” (after the famous character in the old “Popeye” cartoons) because of his healthy appetite for hamburgers. But, there is certainly nothing wimpy about Paciorek’s love and devotion for the game of baseball. His passion for the sport is sincere. And, Paciorek seems to appreciate all that the game has afforded him. When the time comes for him to return to the broadcast booth, Paciorek’s exuberance, enthusiasm and knowledge of the game will certainly be an attribute for any baseball team that employs him.

And, he just might add a few more female viewers to the ratings in the process.

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