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Up for sales is an 10x20 signed custom piece of Ron Necciai commemorating his 27 strikeouts in one game. Rare, one of a kind piece. As you can see from the picture, Necciai appears in 27 "K" that get progressively darker throughout the image.
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Ronald Andrew Necciai[neh-chai], (born June 18, 1932 inGallatin, Pennsylvania), is a formerMajor League Baseballstarting pitcherwho played with thePittsburgh Piratesin the1952 season. He batted and threw right-handed.
Necciai is best remembered for the unique feat ofstriking out27 batters in a nine-inning game, which he accomplished in the Class-DAppalachian Leagueon May 13, 1952. He is the only pitcher ever to do so in a nine-inning, professional-league game.
- 1Minor League career
- 2Major League career
- 3Later years
- 4See also
- 6External links
Minor League career
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 painfulstomach ulcers,Necciai struck out 27 batters while throwing a 7–0no-hitteragainst theWelch Miners. Four of the Welch hitters did reach base, one runner each via awalk, anerror, ahit batsmanand apassed ballcharged to Twins'catcherHarry Dunlopon 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 second 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 aCarolina 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.
Major League career
At 20 years old, Necciai posted a 1–6 record with 31 strikeouts and a 7.08ERAin 542⁄3innings pitchedfrom August 10 to September 28, 1952, the single season composing his Major League career.
Necciai served a brief stint in theUnited States Armed Forcesin 1953 before being released on amedical discharge.He returned to baseball thereafter, but was plagued by injuries resulting from his long-standing battle with stomach ulcers and further debilitation from a tornrotator cuff.He spent the years between 1953 and 1955 in various lower levels of professional baseball, but was ultimately unable to overcome injuries.He later began a successful career in the sporting goods industry.