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Tom Paciorek
Tom Paciorek
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 617 of 1043 players
Thomas Marian Paciorek
Born: November 2, 1946 at Detroit, Mich.
Throws: Right Bats: Right
Height: 6.04 Weight: 205

Tom Paciorek was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on November 2, 2010, January 16, 2014, and February 20, 2015.

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First Mets game: July 19, 1985
Last Mets game: October 6, 1985

Brother of John Paciorek
Father of Tom Paciorek

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June 8, 2001
Best hair, bar none.

b u i c k
June 24, 2001
My dad started dating a new woman around the time the Mets got Paciorek. The woman had a son Brian who liked to call out "PACIOREK!" and then wack me on the back of the head. This used to make my hair puff out like Patchy's(as we called him)hence Brian's cry of "PACIOREK!" Man, I hated that kid.

Jim Snedeker
October 18, 2001
Paciorek came this close to being one of the Metsie's most storied heroes, and I was there.

It was the 1985 pennant race, with just a few games left. I don't remember all the details, but it was at Shea, and the Mets were behind in the late innings. It might have been against the Cardinals. Anwyay, if the Mets won, I think they would have gone into first place. It was the bottom of the eighth, and the Mets were behind. Mr. Quaf (Paciroek) came up with at least two men on base and two out. He hit lofted a well-hit ball to deep right. The crowd rose to its collective feet and let out a gasp; but this was silenced a few seconds later as the pill fell harmlessly into the right fielder's glove, just a few feet from the wall.

Darn it!

Jim Snedeker
June 27, 2002
I have in front of me Tom Paciorek's rookie card. It's a Topps, entitled "1971 Rookie Stars Outfielders," and has three mugs: Dusty Baker of the Braves, Paciorek of the Dodgers, and Don Baylor of the Orioles. Noticable is the lack of a coif. His hair is straight and sweaty.

October 25, 2002
Paciorek is in the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame, in his rightful place among his peers Stan Musial, Carl Yastremski, Bill Mazeroski, footballers Jack Ham and Mike Ditka, "Coach K" Mike Krzyzewski, Hall of Fame golfer Betsy King, former Met Frank Tanana, and, uh, Kelly Tripucka.

*tosses his spellchecker into the trash can*

AP from Queens
May 8, 2003
When I was Mets PR intern, Tom was the only player I knew really well. I used to drive him to his dental appointments. A very classy gentleman.

Larry Burns
May 27, 2003
Horrific haircut--acted like a slightly less brain damaged Mickey Hatcher---also had a girl's middle name---enough said.

Sal Q
November 15, 2003
Anyone remember some horrible base-running gaffe that essentially took the Mets out of the '85 race? Hazy on the details, but he got erased on a vapor lock blunder, and I thought "OK, that's the season," and I was right.

I also remember Jay Payton getting erased on a similar play in his rookie year, but Jay Payton made three baserunning goofs before breakfast.

July 13, 2004
I remember Tom Paciorek and his hair. I also remember the game against the Cardinals where he hit the fly ball to the warning track to end the rally. That was a microcosm of that entire season. Close. Not good enough.

He has a hilarious chapter in Ron Luciano's "Fall of the Roman Umpire," which is a series of interviews with some of baseball's lesser players, including Marc Hill, Mike Squires, Bob Minton, Darrell Evans, Mike Easler, Milt Wilcox, Julio Cruz, and Phil Garner. Paciorek's chapter (like the others) is pretty funny. "The Wimpy Story," it is called.

March 13, 2005
Paciorek played in the Majors for like 18 years and was a solid hitter. He had a great year with the Mariners in 1981 and made the All-Star team. And yes I too remember that fly out to right against the Cardinals. As soon as he hit it I thought it was gone.

Jonathan Stern
March 15, 2005
Did a funny commercial while with the Mariners, promoting "Funny-Nose-Glasses Night" at the Kingdome, only to find out that it was really Jacket Night. Paciorek asked the off-camera voice what he was supposed to do with all of his funny-nose glasses, to which the voice replied, "That's your problem, Tom."

Wouldn't you know it, but the commercial proved so popular that a real Funny-Nose-Glasses Night was held later on in the season. In an era in which the Mariners needed a telescope to see .500, Funny-Nose-Glasses Night attracted one of largest crowds ever at the Kingdome. Players, broadcasters, and fans of all ages received and wore free glasses throughout the game. All things considered, maybe rooting for the Mets isn't so terrible after all.

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