Eugene Edward Paulette
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 150 lb.
- Debut June 16, 1911
- Final Game October 3, 1920
- Born May 26, 1891 in Centralia, IL USA
- Died February 8, 1966 in Little Rock, AR USA
Gene Paulette was an infielder, principally a first baseman for 12 years (1909-1920), six in the Majors (1911; 1916-1920) and eight in the minors (1909-1916). Paulette broke into organized baseball in 1909 at age 17 and played in the minors until 1916 with Major League trials in 1911 and 1916. Paulette was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 16, 1911, with the New York Giants. In 1917 he was selected off waivers across town by the St. Louis Cardinals from the St. Louis Browns after seeing little action backing up George Sisler; he played for the Cardinals from 1917 to 1919. On August 28, 1917 he stole home to help the Cardinals rally to beat Grover Cleveland Alexander, 6-5. In 1918 he played every position except catcher. On July 14, 1919 he was traded by the Cardinals with Lee Meadows to the Philadelphia Phillies for Elmer Jacobs, Frank Woodward and Doug Baird. He hit .288 in a career-high 562 at-bats for the Phillies in 1920. He played his final major league game on October 3, 1920 at age 29.
On March 17, 1921, he was ordered to appear before Commissioner Landis regarding alleged gambling, but he decided to retire from Organized Ball instead. He signed with a Massillon, OH semipro team. On March 21st Paulette was barred from organized baseball for life for by Landis for accepting gifts from gamblers. (NLM)
His vital stats were listed as 6' 0" and 150 lbs., so he was quite slender.
He is one of only a handful of players to play all nine positions in his career
Principal sources for Gene Paulette include newspaper obituaries (OB), government records (VA,CM,CW), Sporting Life (SL), Baseball Digest, The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR), TSN's Daguerreotypes (none) (DAG), The Historical Register, The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase(PD), The Baseball Library (BL); various Encyclopediae including The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball by Turkin & Thompson (T&T), MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia (Mac), Total Baseball (TB), The Bill James Historical Abstract (BJ) and The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (LJ); Retrosheet (RS), The Baseball Chronology (BC), Baseball Page (BP), The Baseball Almanac (BA), Baseball Cube (B3) and obituaries at deadballera.com (DBE) as well as research by Reed Howard (RH), Pat Doyle (PD) and Frank Hamilton (FH).