Who hasn't had the dream of suiting up for a major league team and stepping into the batter's box for one major league at-bat against a major league pitcher?
Extending that fantasy a little farther, who hasn't had the thought of somehow getting a hit during that major league at-bat? Perhaps it is a late swing, an inside-out swing, but you manage to bloop the ball over the second baseman's head. A ducksnort.
Then, in the ultimate sign of fantasy, there on first base, you call time, the manager sends in a pinch-runner and you exit the game never to return. Your career batting record is forever listed as 1-for-1. You batted 1.000.
According to my brief research, there are around 80 players in major league history that finished their career batting 1.000. Many of them received just one at-bat and made the most of that single opportunity, never to be heard from again.
It's not easy finding cards of these guys. Several played before the 1900s. Perhaps if I looked around more, I could dig up a few others, but here is just a sampling:
Eduardo Rodriguez was mostly a relief pitcher for the Brewers and Royals for seven years in the 1970s. He played in 264 games, the most for any one player who batted 1.000 for his career.
Of course, as a pitcher, the vast majority of those games did not include an at-bat for Rodriguez. He came to the plate in only one game, during his first year in 1973, also the first year of the designated hitter rule in the American League (the Brewers were part of the AL then). In that one at-bat, he hit a TRIPLE and scored.
Rodriguez never came to the plate again. He died on his 57th birthday last year. He left this earth batting 1.000.