Adam Greenberg to finally swing bat in majors after 7 years
Only hours before getting his second chance in the big leagues, Adam Greenberg says he's more nervous about the hazing planned for him by his new Miami Marlins teammates.
Archie (Moonlight) Graham briefly played right field for the New York Giants on June 29, 1905. Graham's debut is memorable because he didn't get to bat. Graham was standing in the on-deck circle when teammate Claude Elliott was retired for the final out. Graham's story was popularized in White Rock, B.C. resident W.P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe and in the movie Field of Dreams in which he was portrayed by Frank Whaley (young) and Burt Lancaster (old).
Eddie Gaedel stepped into the batter's box as a pinch hitter for the St. Louis Browns on Sunday, Aug. 19, 1951. Just 3-foot-7 tall, he replaced leadoff hitter Frank Saucier in the first inning and walked on four pitches. Gaedel's appearance, the brainchild of Browns owner Bill Veeck, is considered one of the great promotional stunts in baseball history. Gaedel's jersey ( No. 1/8) is on exhibit in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Larry Yount, the older brother of Hall of Fame infielder Robin Yount, took the mound in the ninth inning to pitch for the Houston Astros in a game on Sept. 15, 1971. However, Yount hurt his elbow in warmups and was forced to leave without throwing an official pitch in the majors.
More recently, Pedro Santana suited up for the Detroit Tigers on July 16, 2001, entering the game in the eighth inning as a defensive replacement at second base. He never got to swing the bat and never played in the majors again.
Greenberg signed a one-day contract Tuesday and was to bat as a pinch-hitter in the Marlins' game against the New York Mets.
The game was Greenberg's first since he stepped to the plate for his major-league debut in 2005 and was hit in the back of the head by a fastball that derailed his career.
Greenberg said he was overwhelmed by the positive reception from his new teammates, who planned to treat him like any other rookie.
Catcher John Buck said Greenberg would don a USA Speedo, blue tennies and pink goggles for a pregame song-and-dance routine in the clubhouse.