John Joseph Perry Gorsica
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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.