Eddie Kazak was born on Sunday, July 18, 1920, in Steubenville, Ohio. Kazak was 28 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 29, 1948, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Eddie Kazak baseball stats page.
"Second baseman Eddie Kazak, hospitalized 16 months when wounded in the invasion of Normandy, broke into the Columbus lineup for the first time, April 23, and performed spectacularly with his bat. He blasted two homers in a an eight run eighth frame and also had a single and double in five trips, besides stealing home in the fourth frame, to help the Cards thump Savannah, 10 to 3." - The Sporting News (May 2, 1946)
Eddie Kazak Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#194 | Checklist )
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The Sporting News quote at the top of this page briefly mentions Kazak's injury during World War II, but it was an amazing journey to the show like few others:
Eddie Kazak | 1952 Topps (#165)
On October 1, 1942, Eddie Kazak enlisted with the United States Army Air Force. He was stationed at Brooks Field (Texas), but in 1943 he chose to become a paratrooper and was transferred to the European theatre in 1944.
Later that same year, Kazak took part in the Invasion of Normandy, and a day after he landed in France, he was hit with a bayonet which wounded his left arm then had his right elbow shattered by shrapnel during the firefight.
Doctors told Kazak to forget about baseball, and in December of 1945, he was released from the hospital after having number surgeries, including one where a plastic piece was put in place of the missing bone in his elbow (see news article below).
"The arm began to come back with exercise, and it has been getting better every year since," Kazak shared with The Sporting News. He tried out for the Rochester Red Wings in the International League, failed to make the team, played single A ball instead in the South Atlantic League with the Columbus Cardinals. He worked his way quickly through the Cardinals farm system and three years later, Kazak made his Major League debut!
Eddie Kazak | Alton Evening Telegragh | May 10, 1949 | Page 16
During his first full season, Eddie Kazak hit .304, notched 99 hits in 92 games played, went deep six times, and was named as the starting third baseman for the National League in the 1949 All-Star Game - the first Midsummer Classic ever played in Ebbets Field. Eleven short days after the All-Star Game, on July 23, 1949 , Kazak fractured his ankle, missed almost the entire season, and never fully recovered.