George Yankowski

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George Edward Yankowski

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Biographical Information[edit]

Catcher George Yankowski had two cups of coffee in the majors, seven seasons apart.

Signed by the Philadelphia Athletics during the 1942 season, Yankowski made his pro debut at the big league level on August 17th and appeared in 6 games for the team that year, hitting .154 with 2 runs batted in. He then missed the next three seasons while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

After returning from the war, Yankowski was released by the Athletics on April 23, 1946 and spent that summer with the Fall River Indians of the New England League. He later signed with the Chicago White Sox, returning to the big leagues at the start of the 1949 season, hitting .167 in a dozen games for Chicago. He finished out his baseball career with the Memphis Chickasaws of the Southern Association that summer, hitting .209 in 33 games.

As of 2010, Yankowski was retired in his native home of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He died in Florida in 2020, at the age of 97.

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