Whitey Kurowski

Whitey Kurowski

Whitey Kurowski
Third baseman
Born: (1918-04-19)April 19, 1918
Reading, Pennsylvania
Died: December 9, 1999(1999-12-09) (aged 81)
Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 23, 1941, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1949, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .286
Home runs 106
Runs batted in 529
Career highlights and awards

George John Kurowski (April 19, 1918 – December 9, 1999) was a [1]

A native of [1][3] His most productive season came in 1947, when he posted career-highs in average (.310), home runs (27), RBI (104), runs (108), doubles (27), slugging % (.544) and on-base % (.420).

An All-Star during five consecutive seasons (1943–47), Kurowski exceeded the 20 home run mark three times to set a major league record for a third baseman (1944–45, 1947), and hit over .300 three times (1945–47). He also led the National League three times in putouts, twice in fielding %, and once in double plays.[2] In four World Series appearances, Kurowski hit .253 (21-for-83) with one home run and nine RBI in 23 games, as the Cardinals were World Champions in 1942, 1944 and 1946. His only home run in the Series, in 1942, off Red Ruffing, broke a 2–2 tie in the ninth inning of Game Five to clinch the title for St. Louis over the New York Yankees.[2] He also appeared five times in the MVP ballot, in 1942 and from 1944 through 1947.

In 1949, Kurowski developed arm and elbow problems and his playing career ended.[2] After that, he [1] He gained induction into the National Polish-American Hall of Fame in 1988. [2]

In an article in 1976 in Esquire magazine, sportswriter Harry Stein published an "All Time All-Star Argument Starter," consisting of five ethnic baseball teams. Kurowski was the third baseman on Stein's Polish team.

Kurowski died in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, at age 81.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d "The Baseball Biography Project.". Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d Charlton, James; Shatzkin, Mike; Holtje, Stephen (1990). The Ballplayers: baseball's ultimate biographical reference. New York: Arbor House/William Morrow. p. 592.  
  3. ^ The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. Free Press. p. 568.  

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Baseball Almanac
  • Baseball Library
  • BR Bullpen
  • Whitey Kurowski at Find a Grave
  • Retrosheet
  • The Deadball Era