Eddie Kazak Stats

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.

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"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

Eddie Kazak Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#194 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Eddie Kazak Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#194 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Edward Terrance Tkaczuk
Nickname:
Ed or Eddie
Born On:
07-18-1920  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Steubenville, Ohio
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-15-1999 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Austin, Texas
Cemetery:
Assumption Cemetery, Austin, Texas
High School:
Steubenville High School (Steubenville, OH)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
09-29-1948 (Age 28)
Last Game:
07-01-1952
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Eddie Kazak Pitching Stats

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Eddie Kazak

Eddie Kazak Hitting Stats

1948 28 Cardinals 6 22 1 6 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 .273 .273 .409
1949 29 Cardinals 92 326 43 99 15 3 6 1 42 29 0 17 8 0 1 9 .304 .362 .423
1950 30 Cardinals 93 207 21 53 2 2 5 0 23 18 0 19 1 0 1 6 .256 .319 .357
1951 31 Cardinals 11 33 2 6 2 0 0 0 4 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 .182 .289 .242
1952 32 Cardinals 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
1952 32 Reds 13 15 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .067 .067 .200
5 Years 218 605 69 165 22 6 11 1 71 52 0 45 9 0 2 18 .273 .332 .383

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Eddie Kazak Fielding Stats

1948 Cardinals 3B 6 5 135 20 3.3 18 7 11 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .900 3.60
1949 Cardinals 2B 5 5 123 26 5.2 22 10 12 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .846 4.83
1949 Cardinals 3B 80 79 2,028 258 3.2 239 64 175 19 20 n/a n/a n/a .926 3.18
1950 Cardinals 3B 48 41 1,140 140 2.9 131 36 95 9 7 n/a n/a n/a .936 3.10
1951 Cardinals 3B 10 9 228 30 3.0 28 11 17 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .933 3.32
1952 Cardinals 3B 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1952 Reds 1B 1 0 15 4 4.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.20
1952 Reds 3B 3 0 30 3 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 1.80
3B Totals 148 134 3,567 452 3.1 419 119 300 33 30 n/a n/a n/a .927 3.17
2B Totals 5 5 123 26 5.2 22 10 12 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .846 4.83
1B Totals 1 0 15 4 4.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 7.20
5 Years 154 139 3,705 482 3.1 445 133 312 37 32 n/a n/a n/a .923 3.24

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Eddie Kazak Miscellaneous Stats

1948 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.0 11.0 - - -
1949 Cardinals 0 1 .000 7 0 n/a 54.3 19.2 7.8 - - -
1950 Cardinals 0 0 .000 45 1 n/a 41.4 10.9 9.0 - - -
1951 Cardinals 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 6.6 8.3 - - -
1952 Cardinals 0 0 .000 1 1 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1952 Reds 0 0 .000 8 1 n/a 0.0 7.5 0.0 - - -
5 Years 0 1 .000 62 3 n/a 55.0 13.4 8.5 - - -

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Eddie Kazak Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1948 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Undetermined - -
1949 St. Louis Cardinals 21 Undetermined Stats -
1950 St. Louis Cardinals 21 Undetermined - -
1951 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Undetermined - -
1952 St. Louis Cardinals 3 Undetermined - -
1952 Cincinnati Reds 10 Undetermined - -
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A palindrome is a word, phrase, number or other sequence of units that can be read the same way in either direction. Toby Harrah has a last name which is a palindrome and he is one of only a eleven Major League players in that "club" - which appears below in debut order:

Palindromic Baseball Players

Order Name

MLB Debut

1. Truck Hannah

04-15-1918

2. Johnny Reder 04-16-1932
3. Eddie Kazak

09-29-1948

4. Dick Nen

09-18-1963

5. Toby Harrah

09-05-1969

6. Mark Salas

06-19-1984

7. Dave Otto

09-08-1987

8. Robb Nen

04-10-1993

9. Juan Salas

09-05-2006

10. Marino Salas 05-13-2008
11. Fernando Salas

05-28-2010

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 on a 1952 Topps
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 News Article
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.

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