Thomas Marian Paciorek (/pəˈtʃɔrɛk/ pǝ-CHOR-ek; born November 2, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan) attended Pershing High School, also in Detroit and is a former outfielder/first baseman who spent 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1970–1975), Atlanta Braves (1976–1978), Seattle Mariners (1978–1981), Chicago White Sox (1982–1985), New York Mets (1985) and Texas Rangers (1986–1987). He appeared twice in the postseason, with the National League (NL) Champion Dodgers in 1974 and the American League (AL) West-winning White Sox in 1983.
Following his retirement as an active player, he worked as a color commentator for various MLB clubs, most notably the White Sox where he was teamed with Ken Harrelson on telecasts throughout the 1990s. Paciorek is famously known by the nickname Wimpy which was given to him by Tom Lasorda after a dinner with minor league teammates in which he was the only one to order a hamburger instead of steak.
- ^ Hartman, Steve & Smith, Matt "Money." The Great Book of Los Angeles Sports Lists. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press, 2008.
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