Peter William Appleton (May 20, 1904 – January 18, 1974), born Peter Jablonowski and sometimes known as "Jabby" and the "Polish Wizard," was an American baseball player, scout, and manager.
Appleton played college baseball for the University of Michigan and played professional baseball from 1926 to 1951, including stints as a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns. He compiled a record of 57–66 in 343 games in Major League Baseball.
He changed his surname from Jablonowski to Appleton in 1934. After retiring as a player, Appleton remained active in baseball as a scout and manager. He was a manager of minor league teams in the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins organization for 20 years.
- ^ "Pete Jablonowsky Uses Psychology While Pitching: Terryville Boy and Former Senator, Now With Cleveland, Impresses Manager Peckinpaugh–Plays Piano Classics But Abhors Jazz Tunes". Hartford Courant. May 4, 1930. p. C9. ("Jabby")
- ^ Ronald A. Mayer (1994). The 1937 Newark Bears: A Baseball Legend. Rutgers University Press. p. 34. ISBN 081352153X. ("Pete 'Polish Wizard' Jablonski)
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