Originally Posted by chicoruiz
Bob Borkowski (86) -Dayton native who played with the Reds in the early 1950s. Better known as a username for a longtime RedsZone poster. P.S.- Bob's middle name is "Valerian". BobBorkowski the poster, if you read this, maybe you could post some more info on Bob...
I mentioned a few times here on RZ that the real Bob Borkowski is my wife's uncle. We see him often and he is still hale and hearty at 86. He and my son Zach share this 1/27 birthday so its always a special day around here. Saw him for a bit over the holidays and he is slowed down a bit and his eyes are getting bad, but still a a wonderful guy.
I first met Bob and all the extended Borkowski clan back in 1983 when I first started dating my now-wife of 26 years. Being a Centerville guy walking into a solid east Dayton Polish family, they all gave me the skunk eye and a "who the hell does he think he is" look. But after I took all of their verbal shots and laughed them off and drank a few gallons of beer with them, I was welcomed into the family and found out that "Bush" (what all Bob's friends call him) played for the Reds. So over the years, we've talked baseball and the Reds often. He's told me stories about playing for the Reds and Cubs and rooming for a few weeks with Sandy Koufax and playing winter ball down in Venezuela and playing on the '55 Brooklyn Dodgers in their breakthrough WS winning year.
But more than anything else, Bush is just a great guy and a joy to be around. I can always count on him for a big smile, a still-vise-like handshake (he had Honus Wagner-like hands), and always great conversation about a wide-range of baseball and a whole lot of other things (and always a good dirty joke). I always look forward to getting together with my wife's family because I know I'll share some time with Bob. Just a great guy and one of my favorite people in the world.
Nice articles about Bush at:
Happy birthday Bush (and my son Zach too).