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Jack Damaska

Baseball ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

Jack Damaska had one of the shortest major league baseball careers of any Beaver County athlete, but he also had one of the longest professional careers: 17 years as a minor league player and manager from 1957 to 1974. His brief fling as a major leaguer came in 1963 when the St Louis Cardinals called him up from their Atlanta team in the AAA International League to replace a player on the 30 day disabled list. Jack went to bat only five times that month and played only three innings, one in left field and two at second base. But in his very short major league career he played with and against some of the most famous players in the game. In fact, Jack’s major league stint was a masterpiece of bad timing: his first time at bat was a strikeout against Sandy Koufax, and the first time he got into a game on defense it was as a substitute for Stan Musial. One day he replaced Julian Javier in a Cardinal infield that featured Boyer, Groat, and White. Jack collected one hit and scored one run during his short stint with the Cards. After a long minor league career as a player, coach, and manager, Jack finished his baseball years in 1974 as manager of the Kinston (SC) team in the Montreal Expos farm system.