A call-up to the Red Sox at the age of 19, Brodowski had his baseball career interrupted by a two-year stint in the military that seemed to do more harm than good to what had been a promising start. Brodowski pitched in 20 games, including 12 starts for Boston, in his rookie season of 1952. He won five of those games (and lost five as well). In the process he notched career highs in just about every pitching category. Following his time in the service, Brodowski returned to Boston but was not as effective. He posted a 5.63 ERA in 1955 and was shipped off to Washington for the 1956 season. Two years with the Senators were followed by two years in Cleveland. His final year, 1959, showed some promise as he pitched in 18 games (all in relief) and compiled a 1.80 ERA. However that year would be his last in the big leagues.
Brodowski’s survey is a pretty good one as he gets pretty in depth with his answers. I especially enjoy that he refers to the Brooklyn Dodgers by their famous nickname and also that he enjoyed beating the Yankees, presumably in front of his family and friends. It is, perhaps, interesting to note that his favorite teammates were both catchers. Susce was actually the Red Sox bullpen catcher, and 45-years old, when Brodowski pitched in Boston.
Dick Brodowski – career stats