Friday, June 8, 2012
On this day in 1982, Ron Karkovice signed with the Chicago White Sox, one day after being drafted by the Pale Hose with the fourteenth pick in the amateur draft.
Ron spent twelve seasons with the South Siders, from 1986 until 1997. During that time, Officer Karkovice developed one of the best arms at the catching position for his era. Over the course of his career, he threw out 41% of base stealers. In the AL West championship year of 1993, Ron threw out 54% of would-be base runners.
After years of toiling behind Carlton Fisk, Karkovice was finally given the reigns to the pitching staff in 1992. He didn't disappoint behind the plate, as the Sox pitching staff was one of the finest assembled. Karko's downfall was on the hitting side. Ron's career .221 average never made fans forget the hitting prowess of Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk. Karkovice signed with the Cleveland Indians after the 1997 season, but never made it to the regular season.