Originally a pitcher, Borkowski won 18 games for the Elizabethton (TN) Betsy Cubs in 1946. He also played in the outfield for the Cubs’ minor league franchise and it was on this path that he would find his way to the major leagues. Borkowski broke in with Chicago in 1950, playing in 85 games and hitting .273. The average would be the high mark for his career and after hitting just .157 in 1951, he was traded to Cincinnati. His lone season as a starter came with the Reds in 1952 when he played 126 games and finished with a .252 average as well as a career high in runs scored (42). Borkowski played two more seasons for the Reds before finishing his career in the majors with Brooklyn in 1955.
Borkowski is one of the few players who have received two questionnaires from me. Basically due to poor record keeping on my part, I received the one above about 10 years ago. The one below came sometime last spring. It is interesting to me that a couple things changed, namely his favorite player switched from Joe DiMaggio to the not as well known Cincinnati Red pitcher, and 1939 National League MVP, Bucky Walters. Perhaps this explains how he reached professional baseball as both a pitcher and an outfielder. His first home run, however, remains his favorite memory.
Bob Borkowski – career stats