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Mike Palagyi, former Senators player, passes away

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  • Mike Palagyi, former Senators player, passes away

    Pitcher Mike Palagyi appeared in a single game for the Washington Senators in 1939. He allowed three walks and hit a batter and didn't get a single out - his ERA, then, is infinite. With his passing, only two players from the 1930s remain - Art Kenney and Bobby Doerr.

    CONNEAUT — Michael R. Palagyi, age 96, of Conneaut, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2013, at his home.

    Mike was born the seventh person of ten, July 4, 1917, in Conneaut, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Anna (Beno) Palagyi. He was a graduate of Conneaut High Class of 1935. Mike was a great baseball player and threw the discus in High School.

    In 1936, Mike started a career in Professional Baseball. He was scouted by the Cleveland Indians and later that summer signed a contract to play Class “D” league. At the end of that season he was called to Class “C”, later to “AA and in 1939 Class “A” to Wilkes Barre, Pa. In 1939, he was given a contract with the Washington Senator’s and made his debut against the Boston Red Sox pitching to Hall of Famer Ted Williams. In Mikes own words, “It was a real Nightmare”. In 1941 he was to sign another contract, but he was drafted into the Unites States Army in March of 1941 and was honorably discharged Dec. 12, 1945. Mike tried pitch again but his arm as Mike said, “Just didn’t have it.”
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