Paul Nicholas Masterson (Lefty)
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut September 15, 1940
- Final Game May 3, 1942
- Born October 16, 1915 in Chicago, IL USA
- Died November 27, 1997 in Chicago, IL USA
Left-hander Paul Masterson spent six seasons in professional baseball from 1937 to 1942. His first three years (1937-1939) were spent with the Wausau Timberjacks of the class D Northern League. Paul won 39 times and lost 37 over this three year span, pitching in 103 games.
His dilligent work got him promoted up to the Ottawa-Ogdensburg Senators of the class C Canadian-American League for the '41 year and Paul came up with a 19-9 record that tied him for the league lead, helping his team to the league championship and also chalked up a 2.93 ERA before being called up by the parent Philadelphia Phillies, making his big league debut on September 15, 1940. He appeared in two late season games for the Phillies and pitched five innings with no decisions.
Masterson was on the mound in 1941 for the Allentown Wings of the class B Interstate League. He had a 9-13 year and a 3.79 ERA and wound up again in a late season look by the Phillies, picking up his only major league career win while appearing in eleven innings. Paul made a good spring showing in 1942 with the Phils and appeared in four early season games with no decisions and made his last trip to the mound for the club on May 3, 1942. This finished out his time at Shibe Park and the big leagues with a 1-0 record and a 5.84 ERA in eight games.
Paul's next stop in 1941 was with the Memphis Chickasaws of the class A Southern Association. He appeared in four games, pitching nine innings with no decisions. He dissappeared off the radar at this point and finished out his minor league record with a career 67-59 record, appearing in 168 games and pitching 1,050 innings.
Masterson returned to the Chicago area where he worked an lived until his death on November 27, 1997 in Chicago, IL. He was buried under his birth name of Paul N. Nastasowski at the Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL.