Hank Borowy

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Hank Borowy
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Borowy on the front page of Baseball Digest, 1945.
Pitcher
Born: (1916-05-12)May 12, 1916
Bloomfield, New Jersey
Died: August 23, 2004(2004-08-23) (aged 88)
Brick Township, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1942 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1951 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 108–82
Earned run average 3.50
Strikeouts 690
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Henry Ludwig "Hank" Borowy (May 12, 1916 – August 23, 2004) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1942 through 1951, Borowy played for the New York Yankees (1942–45), Chicago Cubs (1945–48), Philadelphia Phillies (1949–50), Pittsburgh Pirates (1950) and Detroit Tigers (1950–51). He batted and threw right-handed. Born in Bloomfield, New Jersey, Borowy graduated from Bloomfield High School and Fordham University. He pitched in six World Series games and posted a 108–82 record with 690 strikeouts and a 3.50 earned run average in 1717 innings pitched.

Borowy debuted on April 18, 1942 with the Yankees, finishing with a 15–4 record, 85 SO, 2.82 ERA. Then, he started Game 4 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals without a decision.

In 1943 Borowy went 14–9, 107, 2.82, and won Game 3 of the World Series against St. Louis. Named an All-Star in 1944, he pitched three scoreless innings in the game, ending the season with 17–12, 107, 2.64.

In 1945 Borowy posted a 10–5 record with the Yankees in the first half of the season. The '45 All Star game was cancelled due to wartime travel restrictions, but Borowy was selected a "virtual" All Star in an unofficial poll of managers conducted by the Associated Press.[1] At the All Star break he was placed on waivers by the Yankees, and eventually sold to the Cubs for $100,000. Borowy went 11–2 for the remainder of the season, including three wins over the Cardinals down the stretch, and led the National League in winning percentage (.846) and ERA (2.14), as the Cubs won the pennant. His combined 1945 Yankees/Cubs record was 21-7 with 82 strikeouts and a 2.65 ERA. Borowy is one of two pitchers in major league history to win at least 10 games for two different teams in the same season. (The other is Bartolo Colón, with the Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos, in 2002.)

On October 3, 1945, the Tigers and Cubs met in the World Series for the 4th time. In the opener Borowy pitched a 6-hit, 9–0 shutout. He lost the fifth game, and then came back to win the sixth with four scoreless relief innings. Borowy started the final game on one day's rest but gave up hits to the first three batters before leaving. He took the loss and the Tigers won the Series. As of 2013, Borowy is the last Chicago Cubs pitcher to win a World Series game. He is also the fourth and last pitcher to hit two doubles in the same inning, on May 5, 1946. The previous three pitchers were Fred Goldsmith, Joe Wood, and Ted Lyons.[2]

For the remainder of his career, Borowy was plagued by finger blisters and a chronic sore shoulder. He pitched his final game on September 14, 1951.

Borowy grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey and was a longtime resident of Brick Township, New Jersey, where he died at age of 88.[3]

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  1. ^ Hank Borowy. Society for American Baseball Research archive. Retrieved December 20, 2012
  2. ^ "Doubles Records: Game Records - Fast Facts". baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Hank Borowy, 88, Top Pitcher With Yankees and Cubs in 40's", The New York Times, August 26, 2004. Accessed April 1, 2008. "Hank Borowy, a right-handed pitcher who helped the Yankees capture pennants in 1942 and 1943, then starred for the last Chicago Cubs team to reach the World Series, died Monday at his home in Brick, N.J. He was 88.... Borowy, a native of Bloomfield, N.J., who pitched for Fordham University, was 15–4 as a rookie on the Yankees' 1942 pennant winners."

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