Of the nearly 18,000 people to ever play Major League Baseball, only one had his career end on the very first pitch: Chicago Cubs player Adam Greenberg. Adam had to put his life and his career on hold after a tragic accident during his first plate appearance.
Batting in the ninth inning in a nationally televised game against the Florida Marlins in 2005, Greenberg was drilled in the back of the head by a 92 mile-per-hour fastball. The accident forced Greenberg out of the game immediately, causing a concussion that had lasting side effects for years.
Due to Major League Baseball rules, because Adam was hit by a pitch, the event was recorded as a "plate appearance," instead of an official "at bat." That means there is no record that Adam Greenberg had an at bat in a big league game, despite the years of hard work and dedication he spent in his quest to make it to the majors.
We would like to see Adam make it back to the big leagues for the official at bat he earned. If you agree, will you please sign our petition (change.org/OneAtBat)?
Initially, we thought the Chicago Cubs would be the ideal team for this incredible comeback story, as they are playing inconsequential games during the last few days of the season. Adam joining the Cubs for one at bat would be amazing and wonderful, but other teams could give Adam this opportunity as well -- especially if a roster spot can be opened up without effecting any other players. There are ways to make it happen.
Many baseball players and others have given this campaign their support and believe Adam deserves another chance, from former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and Hall of Famer George Brett to baseball commentator Peter Gammons and Olympic gold medalist Janet Evans. Current baseball players supporting Adam include Miami Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison, Oakland Athletics outfielder Jonny Gomes, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sean Marshall, Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Henry Blanco, San Francisco Giants infielder Ryan Theriot, and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jerome Williams. Author John Grisham also expressed interest in the campaign on his Facebook page. Grisham’s latest book, “Calico Joe,” is a baseball novel about a character named “Joe Castle,” a Cubs first baseman whose career prematurely ends after being hit by a pitch.
We would love to see a Major League Baseball team step up to the plate for Adam as an inspiring way to end this season and remind fans why baseball is such a special sport. Will you join us?