|HENRY L. "HANK" BOROWY, 88, of
Published in the Asbury Park Press 8/25/04
HENRY L. "HANK" BOROWY, 88, of BRICK, formerly of Bloomfield,
died Monday, Aug. 23, at his son's home in Brick. Born, raised and residing
most of his life in Bloomfield, he moved to Point Pleasant 12 years ago
and to Brick two years ago. He was a graduate of Bloomfield High School
in 1935, Montclair Academy in 1936, and attended Fordham University for
three years. He pitched for the Fordham baseball team and compiled a record
of 33 wins and one loss. He signed with the N.Y. Yankees in 1942 and pitched
in both the 1942 and 1943 World Series. In 1945 the Yankees sold Borowy
to the Chicago Cubs; during the season, he had had 10 wins with the Yankees
and a record of 11-2 with the Cubs giving him a combined win total of
21 victories in both leagues, the first to attain that feat. The Cubs
went on to face the Yankees that year (1945) and Hank recorded two wins
for Chicago in a losing effort.
He also recorded one win for the Yankees in 1943, and started an Allstar
game for the American League in 1944. His combined pitching record in
both leagues for a career was 108-82. During World War II, he was sent
to Alaskan Army and Navy bases in Kodiak, Anchorage and the Aleutian Islands
as a member of a Sports Cavalade to entertain the troops. After retiring
from baseball, he owned the Hank Borowy Realty Co., Bloomfield, for many
years, retiring 15 years ago.
He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine Connolly Borowy; and a brother,
Frank Borowy. Surviving are two daughters, Claire Gelli and Mary Ellen
Borowy; a son, Henry A. Borowy; a sister, Helen Muraski; two brothers,
Edward Borowy and William Borowy; and four grandsons.
Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Frank
Halpin's Brookdale Funeral Home, 1284 Broad St., Bloomfield. A Funeral
Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Valentine's Church, Bloomfield.
Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield.