Inducted Februrary 9, 1984
This French-born former softball star's story is unique in that he did not start playing the game until he was 26. And he didn't stop until he was 65. Moreover, he never wore a glove! In his final game in 1972, Germanetti, then 65, struck out 17 in a shutout victory. When other boys were playing ball, Germanetti went to work at the 15 in the coal mines of Illinois. Three years later, his family moved to Bakersfield. It was not unusual for him to pitch a softball game at the old fairgrounds, then go over to Sam Lynn Park and play centerfield and bat cleanup in a county league baseball game. Over his career, he pitched more than 25 no-hitters.