Joseph Borowy, pitcher and Social Security manager, dies

Joseph L. Borowy, a retired administrator with the Social Security Administration who pitched in the minor leagues and was a standout Patterson High School athlete, died of brain cancer Aug. 4 at Gilchrist Care Towson.

He was 70 and had lived in Timonium and Perry Hall.


Born in Baltimore and raised on Shakespeare Street in Fells Point, he was the son of Joseph Borowy, a Bethlehem Steel worker, and his wife, Veronica who operated a grocery store.

He was a 1965 graduate of Patterson High School, where he was a star pitcher on the school’s baseball team. He once pitched a no-hitter against Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.


In his senior year in high school he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins and pitched in the minor leagues. He played for the Orlando Twins, the Wisconsin Rapids Twins and the DeLand Sun Caps.

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He was drafted during the Vietnam War and served in the Army. He then obtained a degree at the University of Baltimore and studied real estate appraisal at the University of Central Florida.

After his military service he became a part-time bartender at Haussner’s Restaurant on Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown. He later worked at Bixby’s Cafe in Towson.

He joined the Department of Defense as a civilian worker and moved to the Social Security Administration at Woodlawn, where he retired in 2016. He also had a real estate appraisal business.

Mr. Borowy was an Oriole fan.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home Inc., 1050 York Road.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph T. Borowy of Baltimore and Joshua J. Borowy of Portland, Ore.; a brother, Gerard J. Borowy of Carroll County; a companion, Kathi Hynes of Baltimore; and nieces and nephews. A marriage ended in divorce.

—Jacques Kelly