Ron Karkovice

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Ron Karkovice
Born: (1963-08-08) August 8, 1963 (age 51)
Union Township, Union County, New Jersey
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 17, 1986 for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1997 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .221
Home runs 96
Runs batted in 335

Ronald Joseph Karkovice (born August 8, 1963, in Union Township, Union County, New Jersey) is a former Major League Baseball catcher.

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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Playing Career[edit]

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.

On August 30, 1990, Karkovice hit an inside-the-park grand slam off of Minnesota Twins pitcher David West at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Coaching Career[edit]

In 2000 Karkovice was named manager of the Gulf Coast League Royals.

In 2009 Karkovice served as hitting coach for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

In 2012 Karkovice served as bench coach for the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

In 2013 Karkovice was named manager of the Camden Riversharks.


  1. ^ Newark Bears 2010 team yearbook. 2010. p. 30.