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November 15 – Happy Birthday Joe Ostrowski

This lefthander, the only former or current Yankee who celebrates a birthday on November 15, was born in West Wyoming, PA in 1916. It took him a while to get to the big leagues. After graduating from college in 1938, Ostrowski was a high school teacher for three years and then signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox. After two seasons of minor league ball, he spent 1943, ’44 and ’45 in the US Army Air Force. In 1947 he was traded to the Browns’ organization and he made his big league debut with St. Louis as a 31-year-old rookie the following season. He evolved into an important part of the Browns’ bullpen during the next three years and then was traded to New York in the deal that ended the pinstripe career of Snuffy Stirnweiss.

Ostrowski pitched for the 1950, ’51 and ’52 Yankee World Championship teams, making his biggest contribution during the 1951 season, when he won six games and saved five more. He made his only World Series appearance that same season, finishing Game Three against the NY Giants by pitching two innings of shutout ball to preserve the Yankee victory.

Ostrowski wore glasses during his playing days which made him look very professorial while on the mound. Since he actually had taught high school before beginning his pro career, his teammates gave him the nickname “Professor.” After a poor year in 1952, the Yankees released the then 35-year-old southpaw after that season. He spent one more season pitching in the minors and then returned to the classroom and taught at the high school level for the next 25 years. He passed away in 2003.

Here’s my picks for the Yankee’s All-Time Pennsylvania-born lineup:

1b – Joe Collins
2b – Pat Kelley
3b – Joe Dugan
ss – John Knight
c – Butch Wynegar
of – Reggie Jackson
of – Ken Griffey Sr.
of – Dion James
dh – Jack Clark
sp – Mike Mussina
cl – Sparky Lyle

Here’s Joe Ostowski’s Yankee annual and career total regular season stats.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1950 NYY 1 1 .500 5.15 21 4 9 1 0 3 43.2 50 26 25 11 15 15 1.489
1951 NYY 6 4 .600 3.49 34 3 18 2 0 5 95.1 103 44 37 4 18 30 1.269
1952 NYY 2 2 .500 5.63 20 1 8 0 0 2 40.0 56 31 25 5 14 17 1.750
5 Yrs 23 25 .479 4.54 150 37 60 12 0 15 455.2 559 271 230 44 98 131 1.442
NYY (3 yrs) 9 7 .563 4.37 75 8 35 3 0 10 179.0 209 101 87 20 47 62 1.430
SLB (3 yrs) 14 18 .438 4.65 75 29 25 9 0 5 276.2 350 170 143 24 51 69 1.449
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/15/2013.