Our Polish-American All Star Teams

“I started out as Aloysius Szymanski. ~Do you know my legal adult famous-in-life baseball identity?”

 

Let’s put it this way. ~ Were it possible, either of the variations offered here is challenge-ably good enough to win any All Star Game they enter by strength of talent alone. The first offering, the one restricted to using only those past MLB Polish-American players whose names end in “ski”, could be more challenged in the event of game injuries to their limited roster, but, come on! ~ If we can bring most of these guys back from the dead with the help of the baseball gods to play a one-shot all-star game, you might think we could also get a little insurance against stubbed toes and Tommy John arm problems suddenly popping up to spoil the fun!

The second roster table has more reserves because we opened the identity gates to include Polish-American MLB vets whose families apparently tried to “Americanize” their surnames by either dropping the “ski” caboose phrase or by simply changing their names to something else.

Lopatynski became Lopat and Szymanski became Simmons. And we don’t personally know what the Musial, Niekro and Konstanty families may have done to change their surnames without further research.

It’s all in fun here. So enjoy. And please feel free to suggest changes or additions.

~ The Pecan Park Eagle

The Warsaw Skis ~ Our Polish All Stars

# Batters L/R Pos Year BA RBI HR
1 Whitey Kurowski R 3B 1945 .323 102 21
2 Troy Tulowitzki R SS 2011 .302 105 30
3 Carl Yastrzemski L LF 1967 .326 121 44
4 Ted Kluszewski L 1B 1954 .326 121 49
5 Greg Luzinski R RF 1975 .300 120 34
6 Rip Repulski R CF 1954 .283 79 19
7 Hank Majeski R DH 1948 .310 120 12
8 Bill Mazeroski R 2B 1962 .271 81 14
9 A.J. Pierzynski L C 2012 .278 77 27
               
  Pitchers L/R Pos Year ERA W-L Sv
  Stan Coveleski R S 1920 2.49 24-14 2
  Ron Perranoski L R 1963 1.67 16-3 21

The Greater Polish-American All Stars

# Batters L/R Pos Year BA RBI HR
1 Whitey Kurowski R 3B 1945 .323 102 21
2 Al Simmons R RF 1931 .390 128 22
3 Stan Musial L CF 1948 .376 131 39
4 Greg Luzinski R DH 1975 .300 120 34
5 Ted Kluszewski L 1B 1954 .326 121 49
6 Carl Yastrzemski L LF 1967 .326 121 44
7 Troy Tulowitzki R SS 2011 .302 105 30
8 Bill Mazeroski R 2B 1962 .271 81 14
9 A.J. Pierzynski L C 2012 .278 77 27
  Bench            
  Carl Sawatski R C 1961 .299 33 10
  Hank Majeski R INF 1948 .310 120 12
  Rip Repulski R OF 1954 .283 79 19
               
  Pitchers L/R Pos Year ERA W-L Sv
  Phil Niekro R S 1974 2.38 20-13 1
  Joe Niekro R S 1979 3.00 21-11 0
  Stan Coveleski R S 1920 2.49 24-14 2
  Eddie Lopat L S 1951 2.91 21-9 0
  Ron Perranoski L R 1963 1.67 16-3 21
  Jim Konstanty R R 1950 2.66 16-7 22

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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2 Responses to “Our Polish-American All Star Teams”

  1. maxwell1901 Says:

    I think Musial’s name was always Musial but his first name at birth was Stanislaus (“Stash”) for short. Lopat I believe was Lopatynski.

    Bill Nahorodny was once quoted in the Sporting News that he was sorry they didn’t play winter ball in Poland because there he could at least understand the language. He’s from Hamtramck, Michigan, just like the Paciorek brothers. I believe Tom and John were both UH alumni.

    Barney McCosky was actually Makowski.

  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    I don’t think you would mind a mention of a Lithuanian-American ball player, who made his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns on this date, August 19, 1951: Eddie Gaedel (ne Gaedele).

    Number 1/8 on the program, but number 1 in your heart.

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