Date and Place of Birth: March 2, 1917 Strykersville, New York
Died: June 11, 1976 Oneonta, New York
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States
Casimir J “Jim” Konstanty was born on March 2,
Nevertheless, he showed some promise and was picked up by the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League the following season. The bespectacled right-hander remained with the Chiefs for the next three seasons and made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds on June 18, 1944. His performance was a welcome surprise for the Reds, and in 20 games he was 6-4 with a 2.80 ERA.
On several occasions Konstanty had tried for a
naval commission, but was rejected because of his eyesight. He
eventually entered service with the Navy on April 13, 1945, and
while awaiting his induction he had been working as an athletic
Konstanty served at
Konstanty was discharged on February 25, 1946
and joined the Reds for spring training. He was traded to the Boston
Braves two months later and spent much of the season with
Konstanty couldn’t repeat in 1951. He slumped to 4-11 and was 5-3 in 1951. He improved in 1953 with a 14-10 record, and was obtained by the New York Yankees in 1954. His last shining moment in the majors was with Yankees in 1955 when he was 7-2 in 45 relief appearances with a 2.32 ERA.
After baseball, Konstanty was a scout and coach
for the New York Yankees before leaving the game to run a sporting
goods store in
Jim Konstanty, who lived in Worcester, New York, succumbed to cancer in Oneonta, New York on June 11, 1976. He was 59 years old.
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