George John Kurowski
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Wally Kurowski, who hit a home run in the 1942 World Series, died on Dec. 9, 1999 in Sinking Springs, Tenn.
The third baseman spent nine seasons in the major leagues and compiled a .286 career average with 106 home runs and 529 RBI. His career inclued the 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1946 World Series and he hit .253 in 83 career World Series at-bats.
In 1942, he collected four hits for the Cardinals in the World Series victory over the Yankees. He hit a home run in the ninth inning of Game 5 off the Yankees' Red Ruffing to clinch the title for St. Louis. During his career, the Cardinals won the 1942, 1944 and 1946 World Series.
He was named to four All-Star rosters -- 1943, 1944, 1946 and 1947 -- and he led the National League in putouts three times, in fielding twice and once in double plays. He finished in the top 10 in MVP voting in 1945 (5th) and 1947 (9th).
One of his best seasons came in 1947 when he hit .310 in 513 at-bats with 27 home runs and 104 RBI. He also drove in 102 runs in 1945.
His playing career came to an end in 1949 due to an arm problem. Following his career as a player, he coached and managed in the minor leagues for 18 years.
He also worked for the Berks County Bureau of Weights and Measures until his retirement in 1980.