From BR Bullpen
Louis Peter Skizas
(The Nervous Greek)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.
 Biographical Information
Outfielder-third baseman Lou Skizas played four seasons in the majors, and had a notable debut in 1956 when he hit .314 with 11 home runs in 89 games. He came close to having the highest slugging percentage on the 1956 Athletics.
The April 15, 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated referred to him as "superstitious Lou Skizas, the Chicago Strong Boy". The reference to superstition may have been to a habit of rubbing a medal in his back pocket between pitches, and he apparently had other rituals.
In 1957 he did something pretty unusual. He had 18 home runs but only 15 strikeouts.
He had been at Norfolk in 1951, along with Moose Skowron and Bill Virdon. He played for Seattle in 1960. The book The Pride of Havana says he also played in Cuba. The book Willie Mays: A Biography says that Skizas played on a service team (apparently in 1952) against Mays' service team. Lou was also in the United States Military Service for two seasons (1952-53), during the Korean War.
Skizas was technically part of the 1959 White Sox team which won the pennant, although he was traded away on May 1.