Norm Zauchin

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Norm Zauchin
First baseman
Born: (1929-11-17)November 17, 1929
Royal Oak, Michigan
Died: January 31, 1999(1999-01-31) (aged 69)
Birmingham, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 1951, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
May 2, 1959, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .233
Home runs 50
Runs batted in 159

Norbert Henry Zauchin (November 17, 1929 – January 31, 1999) was a professional baseball first baseman. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1951, 1955–57) and Washington Senators (1958–59). He batted and threw right-handed. In a six-season career, Zauchin was a .233 hitter with 50 home runs and 159 RBI in 346 games. He is most remembered for driving in 10 runs during a major league game.

A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, Zauchin graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1948. He served two years in the United States Army during the Korean War and then became a major league baseball player.[1] He started his professional career in 1950 with the Double-A Birmingham Barons, where he set a Rickwood Field field record with 35 home runs.

His most productive season came in 1955, when he hit .239 with 27 home runs for the Red Sox and finished third in American League Rookie of the Year voting, behind Herb Score and Billy Klaus. Zauchin played in 130 games and led AL first basemen in fielding percentage (.995). On May 27, 1955, Zauchin collected 10 RBI with three home runs and a double in the first five innings of a 16–0 victory over Washington.[2]

Before the 1958 season, Zauchin was traded with Albie Pearson to the Senators for Pete Runnels.[3] Runnels went on to win two batting titles for Boston, in 1960 and 1962, and just miss another by six points in 1958. Zauchin retired in 1960 after spending his last year in the minor leagues.

Zauchin died from prostate cancer in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 69. He was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 1997.[4]


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