Baseball ran in the Trosky family. Not only was Hal a Major Leaguer, but so was his son, Hal Trosky Jr. who was born late in his father’s historic 1936 campaign.
The younger Trosky pitched in two games in 1958, leaving the big leagues with an undefeated mark of 1-0.
In the collection is this questionnaire filled out by the Hal Jr. He writes about his father’s influence on him and about both of their careers. Though he played in just the two games, Trosky Jr. did have a fine professional career, hitting a homer in his first pro at bat and pitching a no-hitter in 1958.
The younger Trosky writes of going with his father to every home game during the summers of 1944-1946, being on the field and in the clubhouse before and after the games. A quick read of the questionnaire yields more insight into the careers and relationship between the two Troskys.
Can you imagine being that great and never making an All-Star team? The AL competition at first base was fierce with Gehrig, Foxx, and Greenberg. Who could break through? If he could have played his best as time went on could he have made the Hall without being an All-Star? Gehrig’s career was horribly truncated, and Foxx aged early, so Greenberg and a few lesser lights would have been the only first sackers in his way.