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Whitey Kurowski
Given Name: George John
Born: 1918

3B-SS-2B 1941-49 Cardinals

Whitey Kurowski's Teammates

  • All-Star in 1943-44, 46

Career 916.286106529
World Series 23.25319

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A stocky, thick-legged infielder with surprising speed, Kurowski overcame childhood osteomyelitis (which made his right arm shorter than his left) to become one of the finest third basemen of the 1940s. Kurowski led the NL three times in putouts, twice in fielding average, and once each in assists and double plays. He displayed power, hitting 20 or more home runs in three different seasons. His ninth-inning homer off Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing in Game Five of the 1942 World Series broke a 2-2 tie to clinch the championship for the Cardinals.
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Kurowski reached career highs of 27 HR and 104 RBI in 1947, his last season playing regularly, and batted over .300 three times (1945-47). An arm injury in 1948 and an elbow injury in 1949 combined to end his career. (LAW)
» October 5, 1942: Whitey Kurowski's 2-run home run in the 9th inning gives St. Louis a 4–2 World Series triumph and enables the Cardinals to upset the New York Yankees in five games.

» August 16, 1947: Ralph Kiner hits three successive home runs for the host Pittsburgh Pirates, in a 12–7 win over the Cardinals in a game in which the two clubs bang out major-league record (since topped) 10 homers. Two other Bucs, Hank Greenberg and Billy Cox, and one Cardinal (Whitey Kurowski) each contribute two home runs to set a major-league record for most players with 2+ homers in a game. Kiner matches the ML mark of seven home runs in four games, six in three games, five in two games, and four in consecutive at bats. By the end of the month, Big Ralph will still trail Mize 39 to 43 in a head-to-head home run competition that will only be matched by Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961. Starters Roger Wolff and the Cards Ken Burkhart exit in the first inning.