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Johnny Gorsica

John Joseph Perry Gorsica
(Born: John Joseph Perry Gorczyca)
Born: March 29, 1915 in Bayonne, NJ
Died: December 16, 1998 in Charlottesville,Va.
Debut: 1940 | Pos: P
H: 6’2″ | W: 180 | B: R | T: R

7 31 39 204 17 723.2 272 4.18

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Johnny Gorsica, who pitched for Detroit for seven seasons, died on Dec. 16, 1998 in Charlottesville, Va.

According to reports, Gorsica started out his minor league career as a first baseman. He made the conversion to pitching and made it to the major leagues in 1940.

Gorsica finished his career with a 31-39 record in 723.2 innings pitched. He had 272 strikeouts and he ended up with a 4.18 ERA.

He made his debut with the Tigers in 1940 and finished the season with a 7-7 record in 160 innings pitched with a 4.33 ERA. He pitched 11.1 innings in two games in the 1940 World Series and recorded four strikeouts and a 0.79 ERA.

In 1941, he pitched in a career-high 171 innings, posting a 9-11 record and 59 strikeouts with a 4.47 ERA.

He hit .207 in 217 career at-bats with a home run and 14 RBI.