Sunday, November 29, 2009
#22 Ed Sadowski
Edward Roman Sadowski
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" , Weight: 175 lb.
Born: January 19, 1931 in Pittsburgh, PA
Drafted 11th by the Los Angeles Angels from the Boston Red Sox in the 1960 expansion draft.
Entered game in the 5th as a defensive replacement for Faye Throneberry who pinch hit for Del Rice at catcher at Boston on April 17, 1961. Made 2 putouts. Was pinch-hit for in the 7th by Albie Pearson, and never batted.
Sometime before the 1965 season he was sent from the California Angels to the Milwaukee Braves in an unknown transaction.
Batted .201 in 176 games over three seasons with the Halos.
Sadowski batted and threw right-handed. He debuted on April 20, 1960 and played his final game on October, 1966. He is the brother of Bob Sadowski and Ted Sadowski, and uncle of Jim Sadowski.
Coming from a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania baseball family, Sadowski was a valuable backup catcher for Russ Nixon in Boston; Earl Averill and Buck Rodgers with the original Angels, and Joe Torre in Atlanta. In 1963 he appeared in a career-high 80 games and collected four home runs with 24 runs and 15 RBI, also career-numbers.
In a five-season career, Sadowski was a .202 hitter with 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 217 games.
Following his playing career, Sadowski served as a pitching coach for the Montreal Expos. He retired from baseball in 1970, becoming a physical education teacher in California. He died in Garden Grove at age 62, after suffering amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease.