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Johnny Patrick Grabowski

  • Birth 7 Jan 1900 Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 23 May 1946 Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
  • Burial Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 13653430

Major League Baseball Player. He shared the back-up catching duties for the famed 1927 New York Yankees with Benny Bengough. Playing for three teams during his big league career, he was known more for his defense than his hitting. Starting out with the White Sox in 1924, he was a backup to Hall of Famer Ray Schalk for three seasons. On January 13, 1927 the White Sox traded Grabowski and Ray Morehart to the Yankees for infielder Aaron Ward, who had been part of the Yankees first championship in 1923. Once again Grabowski settled in, in the role of backup. He achieved career highs of 25 and 21 RBI in 1927 and 1928 as the New Yorkers rolled to back to back championship. In 1930 the Yanks released him to the minor league St. Paul Saints of the American Association. His last stop in the majors was with the Tigers in 1931. He also played with Montreal of the International League for three years before he eventually turned to umpiring, gaining a reputation as a very competent minor league arbiter. He died at the age of 46 from burns received in a fire at his home in May of 1946.

Bio by: Frank Russo


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  • Originally Created by: Frank Russo
  • Added: 18 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13653430
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Johnny Patrick Grabowski (7 Jan 1900–23 May 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13653430, citing Park View Cemetery, Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .