Whitey Kurowski was one of the top third baseman during the 1940s. He twice led the league's third basemen in fielding and played on three St. Louis Cardinals Championship teams 1942, 1944 and 1946. He was the hero of the 1942 WS by smashing a game winning 9th inning home run in the final game of the 1942 WS to lead the Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Yankees. This marked the first time the Yankees were beaten in nine previous trips to the big show.
When he was growing up, Whitey Kurowski fell off a fence and landed on broken glass. Three inches of bone above his right wrist were surgically removed, leaving his arm with an unnatural bend. A natural right-hander, he strengthened his arm muscles and became of one the hardest throwing 3rd basemen in the majors. His best season was 1947, when he batted .310, 27 HR's, 108 runs scored and 104 RBI's. George Kurowski played his entire career with the Cardinals and batted .289 in 916 games, 925 hits, 162 Ds, 106 HRs over 500 runs and also over 500 RBIs. Baseball History