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Stanley Francis Palys

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.

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Stan Palys began his pro career in 1950. He then missed the 1951 season due to military service before resuming his career.

Palys was a member of the 1962 and 1963 Hawaii Islanders. Earlier in his career he had played for the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies in the National League. A pure hitter, he hit for a high average in his final years in AA and AAA ball. With the Islanders, he hit for power in the old Honolulu Stadium.

The most interesting incident of Stan "The Man" Palys career with the Islanders was the infamous last play of a no-hitter pitched by Spokane Indians pitcher Bob Radovich on July 6, 1963. Palys replaced Ron Samford as a pinch runner in the 9th inning. After two more outs were recorded, Brown Taylor hit a grounder toward first. Instead of running to second, Palys allowed the ball to hit him for the third out. Scoring rules allowed Taylor to record a hit ... thereby ending the game and Radovich's no-hit hopes. Pacific Coast League President Dewey Soriano was watching the game and overruled the scoring rule, giving Radovich his no-hitter.

Source: 1964 Official Baseball Guide, published by The Sporting News.

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