Pagliaro was an American table tennis player who won the United States national championship on four occasions, including three consecutive years in the 1940s. His small stature — he was just over five-feet tall and weighed under 120 pounds in his prime — had an exciting style and was said to have “the hardest forehand in table tennis.”
By April 1938, Pagliaro was ranked third nationally by the United States Table Tennis Association, behind Sol Schiff and George Hendry.
“Paggy” won his first national title in 1940. He won for a third consecutive time in 1942. In the 1947 World Championships in Paris, Pagliaro became one of the few American men to ever advance to the semi-finals.
Coming out of retirement, Pagliaro won the 1952 National Championship, defeating defending champion Dick Miles.