Ron Necciai

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Ron Necciai
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Born: (1932-06-18) June 18, 1932 (age 89)
Gallatin, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 10, 1952, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1952, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–6
Earned run average7.08

Ronald Andrew Necciai [neh-chai], (born June 18, 1932 in Gallatin, Pennsylvania), is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1952 season. He batted and threw right-handed.

Necciai is best remembered for the unique feat of striking out 27 batters in a nine-inning game, which he accomplished in the Class-D Appalachian League on May 13, 1952. He is the only pitcher ever to do so in a nine-inning, professional-league game.

Minor League career[edit]

Necciai pitched two seasons of Class-D baseball before being drafted in the Pirates' farm system in 1952 at age 19. He was assigned to pitch for the Bristol Twins, the Pirates' Appalachian League team. On May 13, pitching despite painful stomach ulcers,[1] Necciai struck out 27 batters while throwing a 7–0 no-hitter against the Welch Miners. Four of the Welch hitters did reach base, one runner each via a walk, an error, a hit batsman and a passed ball charged to Twins' catcher Harry Dunlop on a swinging third strike. This resulted in a four-strikeout ninth inning. Only two batters put the ball in play: Bob Ganung grounded out to first base in the fourth inning and Whitehead got on base on an error in the ninth.

In his next start, Necciai threw a 24-strikeout two-hitter. In that season he struck out 109 hitters in 43 innings with Bristol, and a Carolina League-high 172 in 126 innings at Burlington before quickly climbing the ranks of the organization and eventually getting called up to the Major Leagues amid heavy publicity in August 1952.[2]

Major League career[edit]

At 20 years old, Necciai posted a 1–6 record with 31 strikeouts and a 7.08 ERA in 5423 innings pitched from August 10 to September 28, 1952, the single season composing his Major League career.

Later years[edit]

Necciai served a brief stint in the United States Armed Forces in 1953 before being released on a medical discharge.[2] He returned to baseball thereafter, but was plagued by injuries resulting from his long-standing battle with stomach ulcers and further debilitation from a torn rotator cuff.[2] He spent the years between 1953 and 1955 in various lower levels of professional baseball, but was ultimately unable to overcome injuries.[2] He later began a successful career in the sporting goods industry.[2]

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In-line citations
  1. ^ "Ron Necciai". Retrieved September 5, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Pat Jordan (June 1, 1987). "In 1952, Ron Necciai, 19, struck out 27 batters in nine – 06.01.87 – SI Vault". Retrieved September 5, 2010.
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