- Bats Left, Throws Right
Joseph Styborski joined the New York Yankees in 1927, the summer following a standout career with Penn State as a pitcher. According to the New York Times, scouts said he was "quite a ballplayer, hitting about as well as he pitches." (June 21, 1927) However, he refused to sign with any team until he received his diploma.
He pitched some exhibition games, including a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 7th, where he allowed two runs in five innings, before being farmed out to the minors on July 13th, never to see major league action. He does appear in the team picture, however - often listed as Walter Beall, "John Styborski", or "unknown".
Styborski pitched for the Hartford Senators and Albany Senators in 1928, going 13-9 with a 4.04 ERA. He hit .292/~.346/.347. The next year, he went 19-5 with a 4.54 ERA for Albany. Joe batted .301/~.323/.441 and was fifth in the Eastern League in wins, second in winning percentage and first in walks issued (134 in 228 innings) while finishing in the middle of the pack in ERA.
In 1930, Styborski concluded his career with three teams - Albany (7-6, 4.90), the Jersey City Skeeters (one game) and the Fort Wayne Chiefs (4-4, 5.20) to conclude his career with a very respectable 43-24 record.