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A phantom ballplayer is someone who is incorrectly listed in source materials as playing in a Major League Baseball game, although they did not actually play. This is often the result of typographical or clerical errors.

The term is also applied to players who spent time on a major league roster but were never used in a game.

Phantom ballplayers

  • Lou Almada, made the major league roster of the New York Giants out of Spring Training in 1927, but got hurt and never reached the majors again.
  • Pat Cristelli, was on the active roster of the California Angels in September 1977, but did not appear in a game.
  • Bruce Dostal, spent 4 games on active roster of the Baltimore Orioles in June 1994.
  • César King, spent 5 days on the Kansas City Royals active roster in 2001.
  • Tim Lahey, was on active roster of the Philadelphia Phillies in April 2008.
  • Tom McGough, on the active roster of the Cleveland Indians in 1977 but did not appear in a game.
  • Billy Percibal
  • Lou Proctor, Proctor was listed in the baseball encyclopedias by mistake
  • Ed Ricks
  • Harry Saferight, made it to the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 but failed to appear in a game. He was the on-deck batter on three different occasions but all three times the Pirates batter made the third out of the inning.
  • Bill Sharman, the only player to be ejected from a Major League Baseball game without playing in one when umpire Frank Dascoli ejected the Brooklyn Dodgers bench for arguing with a call at home plate on September 27, 1951.
  • Chet Trail, the only player ever who was on a postseason roster, but who never appeared in a regular season or postseason game.
  • Turbot, once thought to have played a Major League Baseball game in 1902.


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