Date and Place of Birth: March 29, 1915 Bayonne, New Jersey
Died: December 16, 1998 Charlottesville, West Virginia
Rank: Seaman Second-Class
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States
Major League Stats: Johnny Gorsica on Baseball-Almanac
Gorsica was born John J P Gorczyca on March 29, 1915 in
A strong right arm, however,
led to him converting to the mound in 1938 and he went 18-7 with a
3.48 ERA for
Gorsica made his major
league debut on April 22, 1940 and finished the year with a 7-7
record and 4.33 ERA. It was rumored during the summer that he had
joined a Polish air squadron training in
Gorsica’s best performance as a major league pitcher probably came during the World Series in 1940, when he made two relief appearances against the Reds and allowed just one run in eleven-and-a-third innings.
He remained with the Tigers
through 1944 as both a starter and reliever, and entered military
service with the Navy on March 29, 1945, serving at Great Lakes
Naval Training Station where he played baseball for Bob Feller.
Among his many outings for Great Lakes during the year was a shutout
relief performance against Dizzy Dean’s All-Stars at
Seaman Second-Class Gorsica
was discharged from service at
Johnny Gorsica passed away
on December 16, 1998 in
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