Famous for Something Else: Vic Janowicz

Two Heisman Trophy winners have played in MLB: The most recent one was, of course, Bo Jackson. But before that, there was Vic Janowicz, the 1950 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State. After graduating, he pursued a baseball career, only returning to football when it was becoming clear he was doomed to be a benchwarmer on the mediocre Pirates teams of the era.

Sadly, his professional football career was also cut short when the halfback/kicker sustained injuries in a 1956 car crash that left him partially paralyzed. The year before, he had been second in the NFL in points and 10th in touchdowns, leaving his career a giant question of “What If?”

Here are Janowicz’s MLB stats:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF Pos
1953 23 PIT NL 42 131 123 10 31 3 1 2 8 0 1 5 31 .252 .287 .341 .628 64 42 3 1 2 2
1954 24 PIT NL 41 84 73 10 11 3 0 0 2 0 0 7 23 .151 .235 .192 .426 14 14 0 1 3 0 5/7
2 Yrs 83 215 196 20 42 6 1 2 10 0 1 12 54 .214 .267 .286 .552 45 56 3 2 5 0
162 Game Avg. 162 420 383 39 82 12 2 4 20 0 2 23 105 .214 .267 .286 .552 45 109 6 4 10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/2/2014.
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