Seeking Baseball’s Might-Have-Beens

Posted January 12th, 2012 by Tom Owens and filed in John Paciorek, Ken Phelps, Warren Morris
Love the pic!
Love his hustle.
After 1999, I saw
stardom for Warren. Hmmm…

Getting autographs of superstars by mail is tough.

I believe that another tough category exists: the might-have-been.

Injury is often the explanation for a shortened career. Managerial conflict is another. If the boss doesn’t believe in you, who do you get in the lineup? Or, these men simply became overshadowed in a rich farm system serving a perennial winner in the majors.

You can look these guys up. They had brief glories in the bigs, never getting the chance to extend one or two good seasons into a great career. Getting fan mail must be a bittersweet experience — glad to be remembered, but sad to be reminded of what could have been. Are the memories too painful to reply to a letter? (Some names got disqualified immediately, due to their HORRIBLE unwillingness to sign for members of http://www.sportscollectors.net/, as indicated by attempts posted and monitored by SCN members.

I’ve found two “shooting stars,” the first with one season of wonder, the second with just a game of glory.

Warren Morris

John Paciorek

Readers — who else would you put on this list? Thanks for your help.

Coming Friday: Honoring Bill Monbouqette

3 Responses to “Seeking Baseball’s Might-Have-Beens”

  1. kregg says:

    Joe Charbonneau (Indians)
    Mark Fidrych (Tigers)
    Jerome Walton (Cubs)
    Eddie Milner (Reds)
    Paul Householder (Reds)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mike Derrick 5-12 5 RBI in 3 Starts
    2- 21 as a Pinch Hitter

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was able to Warren Morris to sign for me through the mail. It made me very happy. I still remember his CWS home run for LSU. I really liked him and had hoped for good things for him. I also was a big Joe Charbonneau. I used to have a record of his song.

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