Gene Paulette from BR Bullpen
- 1B, 3B, SS, 2B, OF, P
- May 26, 1891
- 150 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 6-16-1911 with NY1
Gene Paulette was an infielder, principally a first baseman for 12 years (1909-1920), six in the Majors (1911;1916-1920) and eight in the minors (1909-1916). Paulette broke into Organized Ball in 1909 at age 17. Paulette broke in briefly with the New York Giants in 1911; but from 1912 to 1916, he played in the Southern Association.
He made it back to the majors with the St. Louis Browns in 1916. The following season, he was selected off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals and became their regular first baseman. On August 28, 1917 he stole home to help the Cardinals rally to beat Grover Cleveland Alexander 6-5.
Paulette was versatile on the field; he played every infield position for the Cardinals in 1918. On July 14, 1919 he was traded by the Cardinals with Lee Meadows to the Philadelphia Phillies for Elmer Jacobs, Frank Woodward and Doug Baird. He played a career-high 143 games for them in 1920.
He hit .288 in a career-high 562 at-bats for the Phillies in 1920, in the wake of the Black Sox Scandal, on March 17, 1921, he was ordered to appear before Commissioner Landis regarding alleged gambling, but he decided to retire from Organized Ball instead. He signed with a Massillon, OH semipro team. On March 21, 1921 Paulette was barred from organized baseball for life for by Landis for accepting gifts from gamblersand also offered to throw some games early in the 1919 season.
He retired as the yardmaster in Little Rock, AR for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He died at age 74 in Little Rock on February 8, 1966 and is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock.
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