Baseballs in a line

March 21, 1958

Apparently, there weren’t a lot of dieticians back in the day. At least there was not one employed by the Boston Red Sox.

Rookie Jim Pagliaroni showed up at Red Sox training camp in Sarasota, Fla., looking lean. The 6-foot, 4-inch catcher weighed in at 200 pounds when he went into the Army in July, 1956. Back in baseball, he said he was maintaining his weight in the 180s.

He said his Army duties had nothing to do with it. And it wasn’t that he didn’t care for the food in Germany, where he was stationed.

He did it by skipping the breakfast. And the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, at least according to popular belief, did not faze him.

Before embarking on his rogue weight-loss regimen, Pagliaroni said he routinely pound down a breakfast featuring pancakes, eggs, bacon and ham.

A man with no notable athletic prowess drools at the thought of such a way to start the day.

It did Pagliaroni no good in terms of his immediate future. He was sent down to the minors from training camp and didn’t return until 1960. Eventually he put in tours of duty with four clubs: The Red Sox, Pirates, Athletics and, in the club’s only year of existence, the Seattle Pilots.

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