August 8, 1963 |
Union Township, Union County, New Jersey
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|August 17, 1986 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 26, 1997 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||335|
Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1st round of the 1982 MLB amateur draft, Karkovice would make his Major League Baseball debut with the Chicago White Sox on August 17, 1986, and appeared in his final game on September 26, 1997.
When Karkovice was seven years old, his family moved to Florida after his father, who worked for United Airlines, was transferred. Karkovice later attended Boone High School in Orlando where he was teammates with fellow catcher Joe Oliver.
Ron was one of the best fielding catchers in the Major Leagues during his time with the White Sox. For his career, he threw out 41% of base stealers. In 1993, he threw out 54% of them.
In 1990, Karkovice hit an inside-the-park grand slam off of pitcher David West at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. He is currently the manager for the Camden Riversharks.
Ron was and still is a fan favorite in the city of Chicago for his stellar defensive play and ability to hit home runs. In 2008 a group of Chicago White Sox fans who were grew up watching Ron Karkovice, created an official Ron Karkovice fan club, the Ron Karkovice Invitational Fantasy Football League. The career of Ron is celebrated every August at the annual fantasy draft. Karkovice was inducted into the Ron Karkovice Invitational Hall of Fame in August 2013.
- Newark Bears 2010 team yearbook. 2010. p. 30.