Johnny Grodzicki

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Johnny Grodzicki
Born: (1917-02-26)February 26, 1917
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania
Died: May 2, 1998(1998-05-02) (aged 81)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1941, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 17, 1947, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 2–2
Earned run average 4.43
Innings pitched 40⅔

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.[1] 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.[1] He allowed 31 hits and 34 bases on balls in 4023 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.[2]

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.[3] He died at age 81 in Daytona Beach, Florida.[1]


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Preceded by
Fred Gladding
Detroit Tigers pitching coach
Succeeded by
Roger Craig