Perfect: The Rise and Fall of John Paciorek, Baseball’s Greatest One-Game Wonder by Steven K. Wagner (2015)
Perfect: The Rise and Fall of John Paciorek,
Baseball’s Greatest One-Game Wonder
by Steven K. Wagner
Breakaway Books, 2015
[Review by TWJ contributor Jim.]
Can you imagine having the chance to play in the Major Leagues for just one day? Could you imagine being perfect at the plate and in the field for that one game? No one has…except John Paciorek (pronounced puh-SHORE-ick). He was a low A ball minor leaguer for the Houston Colt .45’s who was called up on the last day of the 1963 season and went 3 for 3, with 3 R.B.I and scored four times. He also was perfect in the field as well, never misplaying a ball hit to him.
So now that I have given away part of the ending, why should you read this book? Perfect is a well written, easy to read account of Paciorek and his life, and also why he only played in one game in his big league career. It was an unforgettable performance that had been forgotten by so many, but thanks to Steven K. Wagner, sports fans everywhere can hear the remarkable story of John Paciorek.