February 26, 1917|
|Died: May 2, 1998
Daytona Beach, Florida
|April 18, 1941, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 17, 1947, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Earned run average||4.43|
John Grodzicki (February 26, 1917 – May 2, 1998) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher. A native of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, he pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1941, 1946 and 1947. The right-hander stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg).
A top pitching prospect before the outbreak of World War II, he would pitch in 24 games (23 in a relief role) for the Cardinals, winning 2 and losing 2, with an earned run average of 4.43. He allowed 31 hits and 34 bases on balls in 402⁄3 MLB innings pitched, with 20 strikeouts.
Grodzicki's baseball career was interrupted by four years of military service. He served in the United States Army's 17th Airborne Division and became a paratrooper. In combat in Germany on March 29, 1945, Grodzicki sustained shrapnel wounds to both legs. He was awarded a Purple Heart, and required surgery and extensive rehabilitation to resume his baseball career after the war's end.
Grodzicki's professional playing career — spent entirely in the Cardinal organization — stretched from 1936 through 1952, including 11 years in minor league baseball. He later managed in the Redbird farm system, scouted for the Cardinals, then became a minor league instructor for the Detroit Tigers for over a dozen years. He then spent a season (1979) as the Tigers' MLB pitching coach. He died at age 81 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
|Detroit Tigers pitching coach