The Glassport Odds Club
Historical items concerning the Glassport Odds Club, which was
active in Glassport from 1913-1950. Most of the material reproduced here
is from the archives of George J. Gorun.
Letter Dated August 31, 1938
THE GLASSPORT ODDS CLUB
GLASSPORT -- PA.
Twenty-five years ago, 1913, Victor Jaskolski better known as "Witts"
coached the first football team. Although being a member of the McKeesport
Olympic's and the Glassport Pats still found considerable time in organizing
the Glassport Odds. Records also show that Joseph Pazick who was manager
and helped organize the team started the spark off which to-date is the
only club in the Dist. that has been active in continuous sporting activities
for such a period and due credit is also being given to the following members:
- John Zidell, Frank Dworek, August Quering, Frank Tacik, Joseph Kuzio,
Robert Marcus, Peter Korzicki, Charles Leible, Zipp Tavalaro, Michael Lang,
Samuel Price, Andrew Muraski, John Lang, Leo Jaskolski, Stanley Sieminsky,
Brownie Topoleski and Steve Fillo.
These men not only played football but also answered the call to protect
our country in the World War. Of the above mentioned players four had been
killed in the World War and Zipp Tavalaro who was the first of the fellows
killed in action had the Glassport Veterans of Foreign Wars Post named
in his Honor. Samuel Price, Andrew Muraski and John Lang were also killed
in action, while most of the other members saw action in this crisis.
In the years from 1914 to 1916 football had been the keynote in and
around this District. Members of the 1915 team were the mainstays for these
two years. While during the years 1917 and 1918 football came to an abrupt
standstill due to many answering the call to arms. (World War).
After the war, from 1919 to 1921 Glassport Odds were again represented
on the gridiron as one of the fastest team in independent football. The
following were members of the team:- Brownie Topoleski, Willard, Steve
Cebery, Frank Belansky, Joseph Majzer, Leo Mikolesky, L. Gross, Gamus,
M. Vazinik, Andrew Petrulak - Deceased, S. Pasinski, F. Sherman, Steve
Fillo, Frank Kuzio, John Zeleznik, Bernard Sherman, Leo Krolikoski and
George Petrulak and John Petros.
In the year of 1922, the Odds under the management of Leo Pokropski
and John Siudela and coached by Peter Korzycki were represented by a Lightweight
team with the following as members: - Steve Cebery, L. Gross, John Meyers,
Jos. Smith, H. Patrick, Michael Priskey, Brownie "Rupp" Pasinski,
Denino, Charles Willard, Charles "Foote" Zeleznik, Stanley Sherman,
Clarence Urbanski, Frank Belarski, L. Duelittle, Leo Mikoleski, Stanley
Vazinik, Michael Zeleznik, John Roberts and Robert Jaworski.
In 1923, Lawrence "Rixey" Packard who had just completed
his college career at Duquesne University, where he was hailed as one of
the greatest ends to ever represent that school, and along with Joseph
"Magwa" Witkowski another District well known football star coached
the team and Leo Pokropski acted as team manager. The management of this
year's team soon built a heavier and faster club which eventually found
them playing opponents of first class calibre. The following were members
of this year:- John Sherman, Charles Zeleznik, Leo Mikoleski, Frank Belarski,
John Sherman, Clarence Urbanski, Charles Willard, Brownie Pasinski, Jack
Czuba, Robert Pokropski, Stanley Vazinik, Stanley Czuba, John Zidell, Robert
Jaworski - Deceased, Stanley Sherman, Steve Cebery and Leo Pokropski.
In 1924, the teams record was an unusual one. Every game ended in a
tie except for the final game of the season - which found the Odds go down
in defeat by the Christy Park team. The coaches, managers and players were
practically the same with the exception of a few players which were added
to the roster and are as follows:- Fritz Quinn - Deceased, Norman Quinn,
Red Burns, David Herlehy, Spike Pforsich, Peter Mudd, Andy Edding and Sox
The year of 1925 found the Odds capturing the District Lightweight
Championship and were also the runner-ups in the Semi-finals of the Western
Pennsylvania Championship only to be eliminated by a two game play-off
by the Twenty-Seven Ward Traders. The team record for the year was as follows:-
This year's team found many of its members placed as members of the
District All-Independent Team which were as follows: - Doc Storer, Norman
Quinn, Halfbacks; Samuel Weiss, Quarterback; Stanley Vazinik, Fullback;
Stanley Sydeski, Center; Charles Zeleznik, Guard; Joseph Witkowski, Captain
and Tackle. The Honorable mentions were:- Clarence Urbanski, and Brownie
Joseph "Magwa" Witkowski was also selected as Tackle on the
All Western Pennsylvania Independent All Star Team with the following members
receiving Honorable mentions: - Coach Lawrence Packard, John Sherman, Red
Stripp, Jack Czuba, Dewey Leary, Bill Kalina, Andy Edding and Robert Pokropski.
In 1926, the Odds again were one of the leading contenders of this
District and copped victories over such high calibered teams as Monessen,
Thomas Club, Monongahela, Brightwood, Christy Park, Shamrocks, Tiffany
Tigers, Charleroi and Blaw-Knox, only to lose out in the finals to the
Clairton Indians for the District and Monongahela Valley Championship.
The club roster and coaches were practically the same as the year of 1925.
In the years of 1927 - 1928 and 1929 the Glassport aggregation was
represented by first class teams an had taken in new faces to take over
the reigns of its predecessors. Although this team captured no championships,
it was always found to be up among the leaders and always was feared as
one of the most dangerous clubs to any championship contenders in this
District. The team members of this year with the above mentioned also included
Stanley Ejchost, Edward Price, John Kessler, Joseph Vozar, George Martiss,
Neal McGowan, Hartley Greinert, Michael Mayawa, Lloyd Greinert, Thomas
Henderson. Al Potersnak, Bob Regan, "Dad" Kopsick, Joseph Podwiga,
J. Melcarsky, Freddie George.
In 1930 up to and including 1936, the Odds underwent a new change.
Coached by Joseph Pickett a Duquesne University graduate, the team was
one of the strongest, youngest aggregations in the District. This team
was composed mostly of young high school talent and played against such
teams as McKeesport Olympics, Al Duffy Tube City Brewers, Port Vue, Crimsons,
Bloomfield and Greensburg Eagles. The players of these years were as follows:-
Joseph Ejchost, Robert Vazinik, Willow Zeleznik, Steve Karczewski, Hugh
Wesolowski, Joseph Ross, William Schmidt, Walter Pasinski, Peter Zeleznik,
Joseph Zebak, John Sabo, Steve Novak, Edward Pasinski, Nicholas Siudela,
Fritz Dworek, Nick Sherman, Walter Jaskolski, Stanley Dworek, John Tansky,
John Charney, Edward Pater, Anthony Stetz, Stanley Waskowitz, Jeff Carns,
Edward Lehman, Babe Lehman, Chick Stinner, Frank Porto, Steve Dzurenda,
Frank Topoleski, Marius Larcinese, Frank Witkowski, Joseph Saffa, Pete
Frobuck, Edward Daerr, F. Segedi, Frank Spanbauer, John Spanbauer, Frank
Roberts, John Nowakowski, Phil Derflinger, Murray Bico, James Perrin, George
Hospodar, Joseph Chuia, Brownie Cenderoski, Walter Telega, Bernard Pomocki,
Frank Skierkoski, Paul Snyder - Deceased, Ben Nixon - Deceased, Peter Lucot,
Earl West, Brownie Picketts, Henry Marini, Richard Davis, Mike Murn, Jake
Cvetan, Gus Mikades, Wlater Meyser, Lawrence Reisnauer, John Blicharski,
J. Sauers, Jim Poczaski, Joseph Coma, Joseph Bennet, Anthony Iacone, Albert
Dansak, "Pug" Bartko, Nuchie Ponzo and "Tweet" Coddington.
Going back to the year of 1933, the Odds were coached by Charles "Foote"
Zeleznik and Michael Shyosky acted as manager.
In 1934, Joseph Pickett again retained the coaching position and Cash
Pickett and Nick Siudela were managers.
In 1935, the Odds captured the Allegheny County League Championship
winning over such favorite clubs as Pitcairn, Mohawks, Bloomfield Eagles
and Peters AAA.
In 1937, the Odds returned with an entirely new set up. The team was
mostly composed of small and inexperienced players. Joseph "Lefty"
Ejchost and Steve Dzurenda coached the team while Cash Pickett held down
the position of managerial berth.
The team of this year will be practically the same as in 1937 but will
include a few heavier and older players. The enthusiasm of this years team
is very strong and determined and by the outlook should be a successful
one. With such players as -- Robert Pater, Nick Trunzo, Ed Wasinski, Bob
Trunzo, Edward Topoleski, Joseph Siudela, Vic Trunzo, Andy Kaczka, "Red
" Andrews, Nick Sherman, Joseph Trunzo, Harry Blicharski, S. Coddington,
Steve Pasinski, Brownie Pickett, Nick Martino, Felix Milkoski, Carl Roberts,
Joe Ross, Tavalaro, Tye Klimek, Joe Wichmanowski, Edward Jaskolski, John
King, D. Natalie, Joseph King, Frank Tisson, Stanley Winkler and N. Ross
will be one of the District contender to another championship.
In 1930, the Odds organised a Basket Ball team with the following as
members:- Michael Shyosky, Willow Zeleznik, Joseph Zeleznik, Frank Topoleski,
Steve Siudela, Andy Slafka, Harry Kwiatkoski, Leo Pokropski, Nick "Monk"
Sherman, Nick Siudela, Arthur Smith, Peter Zeleznik, Harry Witkowski, George
Saffa and John Tansky.
In the year of 1932 with practically the same members, the Odds captured
the Borough Chanpionship.
The Odd club sponsored a Volley Ball team in 1933 and captured the
Some of the prominent men, who will probably never forget the Odds
spirit are as follows:-
- Odds 36 -- Fayette City 0
- Odds 27 -- Pitcairn Ind. 0
- Odds 13 -- New Kensington 0
- Odds 10 -- E. Pgh. Firemen 0
- Odds 32 -- Etna Sycamores 0
- Odds 68 -- Clairton All Stars 0
- Odds 18 -- Freemont 0
- Odds 13 -- Newell Independents 0
- Odds 7 -- Christy Park 0
- Odds 0 -- 27th. Ward Traders 0
- Odds 3 -- 27th. Ward Traders 13
To climax one of the greatest sporting clubs in this valley, they have
secured such men to speak as the above mentioned and also -- Hon. Judge
The Silver Anniversary of the Glassport Odds Club of Twenty-five Years
of continuous sporting activities will take place on SUNDAY -- SEPTEMBER
11TH., 1938 at WRIGHT'S NEW FLOWER GARDEN on ROUTE 48 in McKEESPORT. DINNER
will be served at 6:30 P. M.
Roy Quinn - General Chairman
- Samuel A. Weiss -- Attorney and State Legislature, resides in Glassport.
- Dr. Storer -- Doctor and Vice Principal of Elizabeth High School, resides
- Joseph Witkowski -- Boro Tax Collector, resides in Glassport.
- Dr. Leo Pokropski -- Doctor, resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
McKeesport Daily News Article Dated November 14, 1944
Odds and Brentwood In Homecoming Tilt
The Glassport Odds Club will observe its 31st year of football activity
tomorrow at the Ninth St. grounds when it plays the Brentwood Amici outfit
in the Odds annual homecoming game. Former Odds' players and sports notables
will be on hand. The kickoff is set for 3 o'clock.
The Odds had their first football team in 1913. victor Jaskolski coached
the outfit and Joseph Pazick was manager. In 1922, the Odds were managed
by Leo Pokropski and John Siudela.
Played for Title
In 1925, the Odds were undefeated during the regular season, then met
the Twenty-seventh Ward Traders for the independent championship of Western
Pennsylvania. The first game ended in a tie, the second was won by the
Traders, 13 to 3.
Odds who were selected on the all-independent team were Quarterback
Sammy Weiss, Captain Joseph witkowski, Dr. Charles Storer, the late Fritz
Quinn, Stanley Vazinik and Stanley Sydeski. Clarence Urbanski and B. Pazinski
were given honorable mention.
From 1930 to '36, Joseph Piekut was head coach. In '35, the Odds won
the allegheny County League championship. In 1937, Steve Zurenda, former
quarterback, and "Lefty" Ejchost, end, became the new coaches.
Several lean seasons were encountered, both financially and in the win
column. Nick Sherman., paratrooper, killed in action in the invasion of
France, played on these teams.
In 1938, Stanley Winkler (missing in action in France) took over the
managerial reigns with Joe Trunzo aiding him.As player-manager, he succeeded
"Cash" Picketts who had resigned.
In 1939, Steve Zurenda became sole coach and Joe Trunzo sole manager.
The Odds had two of their most formidable teams in 1940 and '41. Previous
to these successful seasons, lack of interest by the townspeople and poor
equipment almost caused the team to disband, but earnest endeavor by Zurenda
and Trunzo with financial aid by Joe Witkowski kept the team together.
Despite the loss of many players to the colors, the Odds had another
successful year in 1942, winning 9 and losing 2, and battling Stowe-Rox
Cadets to a scoreless deadlock.
Lost Entire Squad
The entire squad of 22 players was inducted into the service before
the next football season. Undaunted, the team kept going and with one of
the youngest teams ever to represent the Odds on the gridiron, the Glassporters
had one of their most successful seasons, winning six games, tying one
and losing one and that to an aggregation of former college stars, the
Army Engineers of Carnegie Tech. This year marked the advent of Burgess
Bob Shaw as team sponsor.
Coach Zurenda was faced with the identical situation for the third
stright year when all but five of his '43 year team were inducted. Enough
players were rounded up to have a team and the Odds of 1944 joined the
Honus Wagner Conference. After suffering a defeat in their first game,
the Odds have copped four straight wins, three in conference competition
and have a strong chance of copping conference honors.
The Odds now have 117 men in the armed services.
Letter Dated September 29, 1947
The Glassport Odds will celebrate its 34th. year of continuous football
activities with a "HOMECOMING" tilt on Sunday - October 5, 1947
at 2:00 P.M. at the Ninth Street Grounds in Glassport against the strong
and formidable Beaver Falls team.
This year's Odds is one of the finest independent football teams ever
fielded in the district. Although their branch of competition is called
"SANDLOT", the Odds, in each contest thus far played put on an
exhibition of offensive and defensive football, that was worthy of some
of the teams playing in the professional league.
This is the thirty-fourth consecutive season the Glassport Odds have
been represented on the gridiron, and during this long career they have
always been recognized as true sportsmen, who played the game hard, but
played it square, and they have always been considered as worthy opponents
for any team, regardless of weight.
The Odds in all the years on the gridiron has never had a sponsor.
It has been self-sustaining with every member working hard toward a goal
of true and clean sportsmanship. In 1947, the Odds took under its wings
in a merge, the Glassport Semi-Pros who played one season. The managerial
position is held by Pete Frobouck, former sponsor of the Semi-Pros, while
the coaching staff is composed of Andy "Greeky" Jakomas, Steve
Zurenda and John Kovacevich. This years Odds team is another champion calibre
type who has thus far won three straight games downing such formidable
teams composed of former scholastic and collegiate luminaries as Garfield
Vets, Pittsburgh Corsicans, the all-colored aggregation and the strong
Uniontown Coal Barons.
This years Odds are composed of such stars as P. Siudela, Mehalcik(John
"Sours" Mehalcik), Milkovich, Kurta, Trunzo, J. Krol Jr.,
E. Ickiewicz, Fuller, Kurta, Popp, Jefferson, Pater, Wiernicki, Zoom Laughlin,
Mihalko, Schonberger, Franks, Potersnak, Brooks, Zyra, Evanovich, Kuffner,
Glodowski and Kaska.
A banner crowd is expected as many notables will be on hand who were
former players of the Odds. These are as follows: Judge S. A. Weiss, Judge
John P. Egan, Judge Kennedy, Dr. Storer, Dr. L. Pokropski, Joseph T. Witkowski,
"Butch" Stulginski, William J. McIlvane, Executive Vice-President
of the Copperweld Steel Company and other executives from the Pittsburgh
Steel Foundry, the United States Glass Company, the Coslov Iron and Metal
Company, the Compressed Steel Company along with businessmen from the community.
Judge John P. Egan has not missed an Odds "Homecoming Day"
for the past five years. He claims that it was in this district in independent
football where he got his start as a referee.
Other oldtimers of the Odds who will be on hand are Vince Jaskolski,
organizer of the Odds, John Zidell, Stanley Vazinik, Clarence Urbanski,
Rupp Pasinski, Barney Morrow, Spike Pforsich, Norman Quinn, J. Regan, M.
Hawaii, R. Jones, Brownie Topoleski, J. Lang, Leo Jaskolski, August Quering,
S. Cebery, Robert Marcus, A. Edding, Joseph Kuzio, Adam Maraski, Ben Sherman,
S. Siminski, D. Laurie, Roy Quinn, B. Kalina, J. Maraski, J. Sydeski, Leo
Crawley, Frank and Charles Willard, Sox Reed, John Czuba, F. Tacik, D.
Herlehy, N. Black, Judy Martis, J. Booklightner, L. Tacik, S. Bill, J.
Sherman, C. Zeleznik, J. Petras, C. Leibel, M. Zeleznik, Duke Sherman,
G. Potersnak and Bob Pokerr...
(The remainder of the letter repeats the history of the Odds)
Letter Dated December 15, 1948
Mr. Miller, Glassport News Reporter
The McKeesport Daily News
The Glassport Odds Club will celebrate the closing of their 35th. year
of football activities by honoring the 1948 team with a Banquet to be held
on Saturday - December 18th. at 6:00 P.M. at Mazur's Hotel.
The Odds were organized in 1913 under the leadership of Victor Jaskolski
who coached and Joseph Pazick who managed the team. Their sole purpose
was to give the people of Glassport a fine team - built up of true sportsmen
and which will be a credit to the Community as well as the people. The
Odds have lived up to their promise and today are considered one of the
finest independent clubs in the District. In all the thirty-five years
on the gridiron, the Odds never had a sponsor. It has been self sustaining
with every member working hard, in which ever his capacity could serve
him, toward a goal of true and clean sportsmanship.And during this long
career, they have always been recognized as true sportsmen, who played
the game hard, played it square, and were always considered a worthy opponent
for any team regardless of weight.
The other members of the team of that year were as follows:- John Zidell,
August Quering, John Lang, Leo Jaskolski, Brownie Topoleski, Robert Marcus,
Stanley Sieminski, Ben Sherman, Dr. Hodgson, Andy Edding, Adam Murawski,
Joseph Kuzio, Frank Willard, Leo Crawley, Spike Pforsich, Dewey Lerie,
Walter Boor, B. J. Kalina, Stanley Sydeski, C. Leibel, J. Petras, and Sox
Every year the Odds were considered contenders to Championship calibre
and were a threat to all District teams. They are well known along the
Monongahela and Pittsburgh District and as far as Akron, Freemont, Warren
and Weirton. The brand of competition has generally been called, by the
sports writers, as "Sandlot" but, the Odds, in all these years
has put on an exhibition of offensive and defensive football that was worthy
of some of the teams today playing in the professional leagues.
The Club, today, can look back at a record of accomplishments. It has
had tough oppositions, financial set-backs, equipment shortages, other
teams being formed to dominate, they fielded a team during the two World
Wars but had withstood all these bumps and kept moving along with true
It has one of the finest Service Flags ever seen, dotted with more
than 117 stars, representing both World Wars, with each individuals name
listed across the star. This is one of the Odds proudest possessions. As
it is the only service flag of its kind and permission had to be secured
from the War Department for its manufacture.
It has a notable list of outstanding personalities who at one time
played with the Odds - such as:- Judge S. A. Weiss, Judge John P. Egan,
Dr. Leo Pokerr, Dr. W. Hodgson, Dr. C. Storer, J. T. Witkowski and Joseph
As aforementioned, the Odds were organized by Vince Jaskolski who coached
while Joseph Pazick managed the team. It also fielded a team during the
first World War.
In 1922, the Odds were managed by Dr. Leo Pokerr and John Siudela.
During these years a champion calibre team was being developed. In 1925,
they were undefeated during the regular season and met the Twenty-Seventh
Ward Traders for the Championship of Western Pennsylvania. The first game
ending in a tie, while the second was won by the Traders 13 to 3. A trophy
was presented to the Odds by Mr. Patrick Morrissey, who owned and operated
the only Garrick Theater on Glassport and today resides in New York. This
trophy will be displayed at the Banquet. The players of that year were:-
Joseph Witkowski, Clarence Urbanski, Judge Weiss, Lawrence (Rixey) Tacik,
Charles Zeleznik, Norman Quinn, David Herlehy, Barney Morrow, John Stinner,
Stanley Ejchost, John Czuba, Mike Black, S. Dudley, Fred George, Stanley
Vazinik, Edward Price, Steve Bill, Brownie (Rupp) Pasinski, Dr. Storer,
Butch Stulginski, Dad Kapczyk, Judy Martis, F. Quinn, John Sydeski and
In the same year, the following were picked on the All-Western Independent
Team:- Judge Weiss, Quarterback; Captain Joseph Witkowski, Tackle; and
Dr. C. Storer. While Lawrence Tacik, Stanley Vazinik, Stanley Sydeski,
clarence Urbanski, Brownie Pasinski and the late Fritz Quinn received honorable
From 1930 to 1933 the team was coached by Charles Zeleznik and Robert
Pokerr and managed by Mike Shyosky.
In 1933 to '36, Joseph Piekut handled the coaching position while Mike
Shyosky and Nick Siudela managed the team. In 1935, the Odds won the Allegheny
County League Championship. During these years the Odds were composed of:-
Joseph Ejchost, Ben Pomocki, Willow Zeleznik, Frank Topoleski, Nooky Sherman,
Nick siudela, Edwin Pater, Joseph Saffa, Steve Zurenda, Peter Zeleznik,
Robert Pater, Frank Ross and William Schmidt.
Then in 1937, the team was coached by Steve Zurenda and Joe "Lefty"
Ejchost and was managed by Kazimer Piekut and nick siudela. Several lean
years were encountered both financially and in the win column.
In 1938, the team took on a younger element with Stanley Winkler handling
the team with the aid of Joseph Trunzo, who was player manager, then stepping
in as manager after the former resigned.
For seven years, from 1939 to 1946, Steve Zurenda bacame sole coach
and Joseph Trunzo managed the club. In 1940 and '41 were the most formidable
teams. Prior to that time lack of interest by the townspeople and poor
equipment almost caused the team to disband but by earnest efforts of Zurenda
and Trunzo along with the financial aid of Mr. Joseph Witkowski, the team
kept together. From then on, the team again began to hit the spotlight.
Despite the loss of many players, who were called to the service, the
Odds had another successful year in 1942. winning 9 and losing 2 games
and battling the strong Stowe-Rox Cadets to a scoreless deadlock.
Then in 1943, the entire squad of 22 players were inducted into the
service before the football season. Undaunted, the team kept going with
one of the youngest teams to represent the Odds on the gridiron and the
Glassporters had another of their successful seasons winning 6 games, tying
1 game and losing 1 and that to the former college star aggregation --
the Army Engineers of Carnegie Tech.
Coach Zurenda was faced with the same situation for the third straight
year , when all but five of his 1943 squad were inducted. However, enough
players were rounded up to have a team and keep the Odds continuous representation
on the gridiron unbroken. In the next three years, the Odds were representatives
of the honus Wagner Conference and proved themselves an asset not only
to the league but the townsfolk as well.
In 1947, the Odds merged, taking under its wing an infant of one season,
the Semi-Pros of Glassport. The team was managed by Pete Frobuck and coached
by Andrew Jakomas, Steve Zurenda and Kalsovich.
While in 1948, the past year, the team was coached by Lawrence (Rixey)
Tacik and Reggie Pater and was managed by Clarence Urbanski and Julius
Slafka. The team was represented in the Daily News South-Western conference
and against the more experienced college teams has proven itself worthwhile
of any honors given out on the gridiron.
During all these years, the Odds had played such outstanding clubs
as:- McKeesport Olympics, Twenty-Seventh Ward Traders, Brownsville Semi-Pros,
Christy Park, Clairton Indians, Port Vue Quackers, Freemont Pros, Akron
Awnings, Carrick Eagles, Lawrenceville Mohawks, Majestics Radio, Millvale
Amicis, Pitcairn Mohawks, Moundsville Independents, Bessemer Conquers,
Washington Generals, Warren Red Jackets, Weirton Pros, Greensburg Ludwigs,
Bradley Eagles, McKees Rocks Cadets, Burnes AA of New Kensington, Dravosburg
Amity AA's, East Pittsburgh Firemen, Duquesne Indians, Monessen Ravens,
Monongahela, Vesta-Burg and Masontown.
So for reasons and records aforementioned it is no wonder that homage
should be paid by all true sports loving townsfilks to a club which has
been self sustaining for thirty-five years of continuous sport activities
and brought credit and honor to the town.
Every year the team sponsored a "Home-Coming Day" and one
celebrity who had never missed the Odds Day was Judge John P. Egan, who
received his first experience in officiating the local Sandlot games.
N. G. Siudela
Letter Dated December 20, 1948
Miss Rule, Glassport News Editor
The McKeesport Daily News
Judge S. A. Weiss and Judge John P. Egan, both jurists of the common
Pleas Court, gave principle talks at the Odds Club banquet held on Saturday
at Mazur's Hotel in which twelve Glassport High School Seniors of the Football
squad and thirty members of the Odds 1948 footbal team and staff were honored
and received sweaters from the club.
Over 250 Odd members and guests were present at the banquet to help
in their little way to pay honor to a grand group of boys and sports.
Both Jurists, in their talk, congratulated the Odds Club for their
spirit and foresight in honoring these boys, More so, the younger boys,
the seniors of Glassport High School who will graduate this coming summer.
The sweaters, Judge Egan said, were not given to you boys tonight for winning
all the games or being champions; because in my book you're champs all
the time even if you lose all the games, but with appreciation from the
Odds Club who are trying to instill in your minds a thought of leading
a clean life and getting a good start. You, the Judge continued, are all
young, energetic and full of spirit and life, he urged the boys to go to
college after graduating or take up a course in which you will progress
in the world and become gentlemen and true sportsmen; so that you know
what the word "respect" means and practice it and become a credit
to society and the community. He elaborated on Juvenile Delinquency and
mentioned a few cases which came before him of young boys and with grave
sorrow had to place these young men away from society in order to protect
others from meeting the same fate.
He further commended, the Odds Club, for honoring you boys tonight,
and in this way gave you a chance to progress along the right track in
life, and not waited until school closed and you graduated because then
it might-have-been too late. He advised them to take heed of the previous
speaker's (Judge Weiss) offer, of sending boys to college, and captalize
on it. Go to college or business school, study and work hard and make something
He urged every young and old person should join such an organization
as the Odds Club and, in each individual's little way, not only in sports
but in other phases of life, can help along the progress of promoting better
understanding and love between people because only through such an organization
as this one, and I can see the faces of all these gentlemen seated here
tonight, that true sportsmanship prevails and only by such fine gestures
as displayed here tonight will the people and the community benefit.
Judge Weiss elaborated on the sports angle and experiences of clean
sportsmanship. He offered to help any boy through school who is willing
and shows his earnestness in learning and becoming a professional man.
His first experience which helped him along in his Law Practice School
was at Mr. Leo Sherman's home. That's where the Odds organized and true
sportsmanship always prevailed and we often held "Kangaroo Courts".
He closed by urging each boy to decide on a profession now, before school
closes, fufill that decision and become a credit to society.
Other speakers were Joseph T. Witkowski, Tax Collector of the Borough;
Roy hickes, Glassport High School Principal, who gave the boys a warning
by stating that the letter "G" displayed on the sweaters also
stands for "Gentlemen" and on behalf of the boys thanked the
Odds Club for their thought in honoring the High School boys and for the
sweaters; Vince McKeeta, High School football Coach; Clarence Urbanski,
President of the Odds Club; Charles Zeleznik, Secretary; John Trunzo, Treasurer;
Lawrence (Rixey) Tacik, and Regis Pater, coaches; Julius Slafka, Business
Manager; Joseph Zeleznik, Chairman of the Affair; Roy Quinn, Manager of
the 1925 Championship Team; and, Robert Shaw, Burgess, who was Toastmaster
for the evening.
The 1948 Odds football team members who received sweaters were: - John
Krol, Jr., Felix Zyra, Stanley Kaska, Joseph Kuzio Jr., Clement Zyra, Andrew
Kurta, Pete Milkovich, Charles Mihalko, Mike Popp, john Popp, John Sauers
Mihalczyk (JOHN "SOURS" MEHALCIK),
Robert Tudek, Calvin Brooks, Dan Natalie, Allen Kuffner, Stanley Barry
Tyszkiewicz, Joe Jenkins, Joseph Franks, Coaches Lawrence Tacik and Regis
Pater, Managers Clarence Urbanski and Julius Slafka and Thomas Anuszkiewicz,
The High School Seniors who were honored guests and received sweaters
from the Odds Club were:- Richard Petrulak, Henry Nero, Kenneth Jones,
William Bell - Manager, Matthew Rozanski, Robert Dudley, James Jefferson,
Walter Cross, James Murray, Theodore Hilko, Roman Tudek and James Andresky.
Judge Weiss also honored members of the Odds Club with a "CERTIFICATE OF HONOR"
in recognition of true sportsmanship and past achievements in helping progress
the sports of the Community. Those receiving the Certificate were Lawrence
(Rixey) Tacik, Stephen Zurenda, and Regis Pater.
Movies of the Odds games with the Monessen Ravens and the Weirton Pros
were shown by Joseph Zeleznik who also took these pictures. He also showed
the movies of games of the outstanding colleges in the country.
The Odds Service Flag and the Trophy were on display at the Banquet.
Tribute was paid to all deceased members of the Odds Club.
N. G. Siudela
Note: Notations in red are not part of the original
information but have been provided by others as "corrections".
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