Al Niemiec

Birthdate 5/18/1911
Death Date 10/25/1995
Debut Year 1934
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics, Red Sox
Positions Second Base, Shortstop

After missing 3 full seasons because of WWII, Al Niemiec was released. He sued baseball based on the job guarantees of returning veterans under the Selective Training and Services Act.

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Questionnaire filled out and signed by Al Niemiec

Questionnaire filled out and signed by Al Niemiec

Al Niemiec’s influence on the game goes far beyond his 78 big league appearances. He valiantly sued baseball for the rights the GI Bill guaranteed him as a WWII veteran. With his victory Niemiec gained monetary compensation for many players who served their country in a time of need. To read

A Story about Al Niemiec

Al Niemiec was a hero to WWII veterans returning to baseball

July 2nd, 2017

Al Niemiec

Al Niemiec played in only 78 big league games but made his presence felt with a landmark court case after the conclusion of World War II. Niemiec sued baseball and earned a win that sent ripples throughout the game. It is through the lens of the game that his impact is best understood. Niemiec played in 199 minor league contests before getting a September call up to the Red Sox for nine games in 1934. He spent the next year back in the bushes before being traded to the Athletics in a package that sent Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx to Boston. Though Niemiec spent the entire season with Philadelphia, it would be his last as a big leaguer. By 1938 Niemiec moved to the Pacific Coast League for a five-year run that included three consecutive championships with the Seattle Rainers from 1939-1941. The ’41 season was a good one for Niemiec who hit .297 while leading second basemen in fielding for the third straight season. For his efforts, he was named the PCL’s outstanding player at his position. At the end of the following season Niemiec was called to serve in the navy where he remained until his honorable discharge in January of 1946. When retired Lieutenant […]

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