John Romonosky

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John Romonosky Jr.

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John Romonosky was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent before the 1949 season and went right to work for the Fresno Cardinals of the class C California League, posting an 18-9 record with a 3.33 ERA while pitching 235 innings. He went 10-11 with three different clubs in 1950 and appeared in 4 games for the great 1950 Winston-Salem Cardinals, which won 106 games. Earl Weaver played second base for the team. John spent the next two years (1951-1952) with the United States military during the Korean War.

Back from the service in 1953 John spent most of the year with two teams, the Lynchburg Cardinals and the Columbus Red Birds, going 13-6 with a 3.26 ERA, and got a late-season call from the St. Louis Cardinals. He made his major league debut on September 6th. He appeared in two games with no decisions, and did his pitching back in the minors for the next four seasons, with not much luck. He wound up being traded to the Washington Senators before the 1958 season.

John started his 1958 year with the Charlotte Hornets of the South Atlantic League, rung up a 10-4 record and got a call from the Senators, getting another shot at major league hitters. He went 2-4 for the Senators, got one more look in 1959 with the Washington club again, went 1-0 in 12 games and this ended John's career in the big leagues, winning 3 and losing 4 with a 5.19 ERA while pitching 101 innings.

Romonosky spent three more seasons (1959-1961) in the minor leagues with five different teams, never getting above the .500 mark during this run and decided to call it a career, ending his eleven-season minor league time with an 82-75 record and a 4.12 ERA while pitching 1,415 innings.

After leaving baseball John resided in Groveport, OH, where he was a long-time Franklin County deputy sheriff. John was scheduled to speak about his career to the Ohio Historical Society on September 2, 2006. He retired to the Columbus, OH area, where he died in 2011.


Baseball Players of the 1950s

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