Schenectady’s Ed Barnowski Pitched for the Baltimore Orioles

Ed Barnowski was a 6’2″, 195-pound speedballer for Mont Pleasant High School, and a two-time Schenectady County Baseball Player of the Year in the early 1960s.  After graduating from Pleasant, Barnowski pitched for Syracuse University before signing with the Baltimore Orioles.  He had a very successful minor league career from 1963 to 1966.  Barnowski played for the Birds’ farm teams, ranging from the Rookie League to Triple A.  During those years, Barnowski was 48-18, and two seasons he had an earned run average below 2.  In 1965, he struck out 207 batters in 177 innings in Double A ball (The Eastern League).  Baseball Digest ‘s scouting report in 1965 said that Barnowski “Can throw a real good fastball and curve. Fields well.  Hard worker.  An A-1 prospect.”  His first shot at major league baseball came in 1965.  Barnowski pitched 4 1/2 innings over 4 games as a relief pitcher.  He allowed just one earned run and struck out six.  Barnowski  had a problem with control, giving up seven bases on balls.  In 1966, Barnowski was 17-7 for the Rochester Red Wings of the International League, and once again was called up to the majors. As a relief pitcher, Barnowski gave up one earned run and four hits.  That year, the Orioles went on to win the World Series behind pitchers like Jim Palmer and Dave McNally.  The next year, Barnowski was sent back down to Richester where he had control problems, and his earned run average ballooned to 4.92.  It was all downhill from there, and 1969 was his final year as a player.  The very likeable Barnowski  hung around baseball for a while after that as a front office executive with the Red Wings and resigned in 1975.

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