Matuszek had decent power but a low batting average, and spent most of his career
as a backup first baseman and a valuable pinch hitter. He shared the Phillies' first
base job with Tim Corcoran in 1984 and had career highs of 12 HR and 43 RBI in only
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 30, 1947: In the first of two, Earl Torgeson of the Braves does not record a single putout at 1B, a record of idleness shared in the National League by Rip Collins (twice) and Dolf Camilli of the Phillies in 1937. Later Gary Thomasson and Len Matuszek will have zero putouts in a full game at 1B. Torgy does have one chance, but muffs a popup. Torgeson scores a pair as Warren Spahn wins his 8th in a row, 6–3. Red Barrett then shuts out the Dodgers in game 2, 3–0, dropping Brooklyn to 4th place. The Braves pull off a double steal in each game, and each time it is Stanky's high throw to the plate that allows it. Boston is now in 3rd place, a game behind the Giants.
»September 15, 1983: Behind Marty Bystrom's 5-hit win the Phils sweep the Expos, 9–5. Mike Schmidt, Joe Morgan and Len Matuszek (his first in the majors) hit homers to back Steve Carlton's 298th career win.
»June 1, 1984: Phillies 1B Len Matuszek has no putouts in a 12–3 loss to the Cubs. It is the 18th time in ML history a first baseman has done this.
»July 9, 1985:
The Blue Jays trade 1B-OF Len Matuszek to the Dodgers for veteran Al Oliver, who joins his 5th club in the last three seasons.