Adam Comorosky

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Adam Anthony Comorosky

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 167 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Adam Comorosky played ten seasons in the major leagues, batting .285 in 813 games. He is best known for his season with the 1930 Pirates, when he led the 1930 National League in triples and sacrifice hits, was fourth in the league in doubles, seventh in stolen bases and eighth in RBI.

Adam was born, and died, in Swoyersville, PA. He played in the minors from 1925 to 1928, hitting .398 with Wichita in 1927 and came up for 8 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1926. He ultimately spent much of his career in the Steel City. After an 18 game looky-loo as the team won the 1927 pennant, Adam inched towards more regular play with a .295/.354/.398 line in 51 games in 1928. He recorded 9 putouts in the outfield in the second half of a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs on September 3rd, tying a big league record. Joining the Waner brothers, Paul and Lloyd, in the outfield on a more full-time basis (127 games) in 1929, Adam shone bright with a .321/.377/.461 line, swatting 11 triples and driving in 97 runs.

In the Year of the Hitter, 1930, Adam enjoyed his best season. Playing 152 games, he hit .313/.371/.529 with 82 extra base hits (47 doubles, 12 home runs and a league leading 23 triples) while scoring 112 times with 119 RBI and a league-leading 33 sacrifice hits. He flirted with .400 through to Memorial Day before coming back to Earth. Additionally, his 23 triples have never been bested since, merely tied by Dale Mitchell with the Cleveland Indians in 1949. His 47 doubles were also a record, albeit "merely" for a right-handed hitting Pirate, that was finally bested (some might say obliterated) by Freddy Sanchez, who smoked 53 for the Bucs in 2006.

The triples power evaporated in 1931 and so did the good mojo with the bat, falling off a cliff to .243/.310/.291 in 99 games. But the good times were not over with his glove. Within the span of a week, he became the only National League outfielder in history to perform two unassisted double plays in a season, turning the trick against the Cubs on May 31st and the Philadelphia Phillies on June 6th. He hung around the Bucs outfield as a bit player for two more seasons, batting a combined .286, before moving to the Cincinnati Reds following the 1933 season. After a tepid .258/.315/.312 line in 127 games in 1934, his big league days came to an end after 59 games in 1935. He hung around in the minors from 1936 to 1940, spending a couple of years with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he was a teammate of future manager Mayo Smith.

Conveniently, the most similar player to Comorosky, according to similarity scores, was his Pittsburgh outfield mate Clyde Barnhart. In ten seasons, Adam slashed .285/.339/.400 with 404 runs scored. He died following a lengthy illness in 1951.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Triples Leader (1930)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1930)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1930)

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