Harry Perkowski, American baseball player, Died at 93


Harry Walter Perkowski was born on September 6, 1922, and died on April 20, 2016, in Beckley, West Virginia.

He was a pitcher in Major League Baseball.

He played between 1947 and 1955 for the Cincinnati Reds / Redlegs (1947, 1949–54) and Chicago Cubs (1955).

He stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m), 196 pounds (89 kg), he batted and threw left-handed.

In 1946, After his discharge from military service, Harry signed with the Cincinnati Reds and enjoyed an outstanding year in the Pioneer League for the Ogden Reds, posting a 23–6 record with 209 strikeouts and a 2.09 ERA in 247 innings pitched.

Harry led the league with his 23 wins and his six shutouts tied for the league lead.

He gained a promotion to the Columbia team of the South Atlantic League, in 1947, where he finished 17–12 with 133 strikeouts and a 3.57 ERA in 247 innings before joining the Reds in late September.

Perkowski posted a 3.68 ERA in three games (one start) before the season ended, but Cincinnati felt he was not quite ready for the major leagues at this point.

Harry Perkowski spent 1948 with the Tulsa Oilers of the Texas League, hurling his second 20-victory season in the minors.

Perkowski finished 22–10 with 163 strikeouts and a 2.98 ERA in 263 innings, leading the league in wins and hurled a remarkable 21 complete games to lead his team to a 91–63 record.

During 1949, Perkowski went to the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and posted a 14–12 record with 138 strikeouts and a 3.70 ERA in 209 innings.

During the eight-season majors career, Perkowski posted a 33–40 record with a 4.37 ERA in 184 appearances, including 76 starts, 24 complete games, four shutouts, five saves, and 6982⁄3 innings of work.

Harry Perkowski passed away at 93 yrs old.