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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Joe Beaulac signed his first pro contract by car headlight; Saw two seasons, made high-A

The independent Salt Lake Trappers and Miami Miracle held a joint tryout camp in early 1989 and the Trappers liked what they saw in first baseman Joe Beaulac, The Deseret News wrote.

After hearing Beaulac was headed to a different tryout camp next, Salt Lake Manager Barry Moss countered, The News wrote.

"No you're not," Moss told Beaulac, according to The News. Moss then presented Beaulac a contract to sign on the hood of a car - and Beaulac did, by headlight.

Beaulac went on to play that season and the next, both with either the Trappers or the Miracle. He topped out at high-A.

Beaulac's career began that year in 1989, signed by the Trappers out of Eckerd College in Florida.

Beaulac started with the Trappers and saw 64 games that year. He hit .282, with five home runs. He picked up a pair of RBI and a home run in a late August game.

For 1990, he split time between the Trappers and the Miracle. He saw 13 games with the Trappers and hit .080, 2 for 25. He also saw 17 games with the Miracle. He hit .158 there. That 1990 season proved his last as a pro.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,882
Made the Majors:1,296-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,586-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:528
10+ Seasons in the Minors:325

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