November 15, 1916|
West Wyoming, Pennsylvania
|Died: January 3, 2003
|July 18, 1948, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 20, 1952, for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||4.54|
|Career highlights and awards|
Joseph Paul Ostrowski (November 15, 1916 – January 3, 2003) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He played all or part of five seasons in the majors, from 1948-1952, for the St. Louis Browns and New York Yankees.
After graduating from the University of Scranton in 1938, Ostrowski did not immediately enter professional baseball but opted instead to teach, which led to his nicknames of "Professor" and "Specs" as a player. He was finally picked up at the age of 25 by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1941. The 6', 180 lb. left-hander began his professional career that season with the Centreville Red Sox. After missing the 1943-45 seasons while serving in the US Army Air Forces during World War II, he played in the 1946-47 seasons for the Louisville Colonels, the Red Sox's top farm team. In November 1947, he was part of an eight-player trade that sent him to the Browns.
After starting the season in the minors with the Toledo Mud Hens, Ostrowski made his major league debut on July 18, 1948 with the Browns. On June 15, 1950 as part of a seven-player deal, he was traded to the Yankees, where he pitched through 1952. After pitching for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1953, he retired from professional baseball and returned to teaching.
He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.