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38 Persons in the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame:

Al Simmons

Real/Birth Name:
Aloisius Szymanski
Nickname(s):
Bucketfoot Al
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54, 4 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Outfielder. Teams Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox. Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1951. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1953. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2006. Phillies Wall of Fame 1981.

Alan Kulwicki

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Dennis Kulwicki
Nickname(s):
Special K
Polish Prince
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

NASCAR Winston Cup driver. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 2002. Lowe's Motor Speedway Court of Legends 1993. Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1993. Talladega Walk of Fame 1996. Bristol Motor Speedway Heroes of Bristol Hall of Fame 1997. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame 2001. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2010. National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame 1999. Daytona Beach Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame 2013.

Alan Trammell

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Stuart Trammell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shortstop, then manaager, coach. Team Detroit Tigers then as manager, also at team Arizona Diamondbacks and first base coach at team San Diego Padres. Breitbard Hall of Fame 1998. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 2000. National Baseball Hall of Fame 2018. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Alex Wojciechowicz

Real/Birth Name:
Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz
Nickname(s):
Wojie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76, 30 days before his 77th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive lineman and linebacker. Teams Fordham University, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles Hall of Fame 1987. College Football Hall of Fame 1955. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1995. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1968.

Bill Mazeroski

Real/Birth Name:
William Stanley Mazeroski
Nickname(s):
Maz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Second baseman. Team Pittsburgh Pirates. Babe Ruth Award 1960. National Baseball Hall of Fame 2001. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1985. Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame 2004.

Bill Osmanski

Real/Birth Name:
William Thomas Osmanski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80, 4 days before his 81st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fullback. Teams College of the Holy Cross, Chicago Bears. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. College Football Hall of Fame 1973. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Bob Brudzinski

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Louis Brudzinski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Linebacker. Teams Ohio State University, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Ohio State Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame 1993. Orange Bowl Hall of Fame 2012.

Carl Yastrzemski

Real/Birth Name:
Carl Michael Yastrzemski
Nickname(s):
Yaz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team Boston Red Sox. Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame 1995. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1989. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Hutch Award 1967. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1967. Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame 1990.

Carol Blazejowski

Real/Birth Name:
Carol Ann Blazejowski
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
62, 16 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

College team Montclair State College. Pro team New Jersey Gems. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1994. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1995. Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 1999. Wade Trophy 1978.

Christian Laettner

Real/Birth Name:
Christian Donald Laettner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Height 6' 11". Power forward / center. Teams Duke University, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, Jacksonville Giants. Adolph F Rupp Trophy 1992. National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame 2010. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. John R Wooden Award 1992. Naismith College Player of the Year 1992. Duke Athletics Hall of Fame 2007.

Danny Abramowicz

Real/Birth Name:
Daniel Stanley Abramowicz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wide receiver, teams Xavier University, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers. Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame 1984. Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame 1992. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame 1988. Xavier University Athletic Hall of Fame 1981.

Dick Modzelewski

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Blair Modzelewski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive tackle. Teams University of Maryland, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns. College Football Hall of Fame 1993. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1952. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Outland Trophy 1952. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 2000. Southern Conference Hall of Fame 2012.

Forest Evashevski

Real/Birth Name:
Forest Evashevski
Nickname(s):
Evy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
91
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams University of Michigan, Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks. Coach, teams Washington State University, University of Iowa. College Football Hall of Fame 2000. Iowa Sports Hall of Fame 1989. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor 1990.

Frank Kush

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Joseph Kush
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Defensive lineman, team Michigan State University. Coach, teams Arizona State University, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Outlaws. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Hall of Fame 2007. College Football Hall of Fame 1995. MSU Athletics Hall of Fame 2000. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award 1975.

Frank Tripucka

Real/Birth Name:
Francis Joseph Tripucka
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams University of Notre Dame, Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals, Dallas Texans, Ottawa Rough Riders, Denver Broncos, Saskatchewan Roughriders. Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 1983. Denver Broncos Ring of Fame 1986. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1999.

Hank Stram

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Louis Stram
Nickname(s):
Hank
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach of team Kansas City Chiefs. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2003. Missouri Sports Hall of Fame 1996. Chiefs Hall of Fame 1987. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Purdue Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame 1996. Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

Jack Ham

Real/Birth Name:
Jack Raphael Ham Jr.
Nickname(s):
Dobre Shunka
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Outside linebacker. Teams Pennsylvania State University, Pittsburgh Steelers. College Football Hall of Fame 1990. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Honor 2017. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1988.

Jim Dombrowski

Real/Birth Name:
James Matthew Dombrowski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
54, 4 days before his 55th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard and offensive tackle. Teams University of Virginia, New Orleans Saints. Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame 2009. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame 2013. College Football Hall of Fame 2008. New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame 2003. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 2010.

Jim Grabowski

Real/Birth Name:
James S. Grabowski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Running back. Teams University of Illinois, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears. College Football Hall of Fame 1995. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Rose Bowl Hall of Fame 1997. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 1993. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

Joe Niekro

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Franklin Niekro
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61, 11 days before his 62nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Phil Niekro by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame 2010.

Johnny Lujack

Real/Birth Name:
John Christopher Lujack Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
93
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1947, team University of Notre Dame, as quarterback. Team Chicago Bears. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame 1978. College Football Hall of Fame 1960. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1965.

Leon Hart

Real/Birth Name:
Leon Joseph Hart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1949, team University of Notre Dame, as end. Team Detroit Lions. College Football Hall of Fame 1973. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 1997. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1985. Maxwell Award 1949. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1949.

Lou Creekmur

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Creekmur
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Left offensive tackle/guard. Team Detroit Lions. Michigan Sports Hall of Fame 2003. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame 2001. New Jersey Sports Hall of Fame 1999. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1996. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 1989.

Lou Michaels

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Andrew Michaels
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Placekicker, defensive end. Teams University of Kentucky, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers. College Football Hall of Fame 1992. Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame 1993. Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy 1957. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1989.

Mark Fidrych

Real/Birth Name:
Mark Steven Fidrych
Nickname(s):
The Bird
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher for AL team Detroit Tigers from 1976 through 1980. AL Rookie of the Year 1976. All Star team 2 years. Died on his farm when a dump truck he was working on fell on him. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. American League Rookie of the Year Award 1976.

Michael Gminski

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Thomas Gminski
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Center, height 6' 11". Teams Duke University, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks. Academic All-America Hall of Fame 2006. Duke Athletics Hall of Fame 1996. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame 2003.

Mike Ditka

Real/Birth Name:
Michael K. Ditka
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
78, 3 days before his 79th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Coach of team Chicago Bears. College Football Hall of Fame 1986. Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1988. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Paul Brown Trophy 1985.

Mike Munchak

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Anthony Munchak
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive lineman, college team Pennsylvania State University. Pro team Houston Oilers. Coach, teams Houston Oilers, Tennessee Oilers/Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1997. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2001. Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame 1999.

Phil Niekro

Real/Birth Name:
Philip Henry Niekro
Nickname(s):
Knucksie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Joe Niekro by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. 318 career victories, the most by a knuckleball pitcher. Teams Milwaukee Braves, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves. Braves Hall of Fame 1999. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1985. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1997. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Roberto Clemente Award 1980. Lou Gehrig Memorial Award 1979. Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame. Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame 2006.

Ron Jaworski

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Vincent Jaworski
Nickname(s):
Jaws
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams Youngstown State University, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs. Co-owner, arena football team Philadelphia Soul. Bert Bell Award 1980. Eagles Hall of Fame 1992. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2017. Senior Bowl Hall of Fame 2001. Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame 1994.

Stan Coveleski

Real/Birth Name:
Stanislaus Kowalewski
Also Known As:
Stanley Anthony Coveleski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher, primarily threw the spitball. It was outlawed in 1920, but he was one of 17 pitchers permitted to continue throwing the pitch. Teams Lancaster Red Roses, Atlantic City Lanks, Spokane Indians, Portland Beavers, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, New York Yankees. Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame 1966. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1969. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Steve Bartkowski

Real/Birth Name:
Steven Joseph Bartkowski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
65, 28 days before his 66th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams. Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor 2004. Cal Athletic Hall of Fame 1990. College Football Hall of Fame 2012. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 2007. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame 1993. Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame. NFL Player of the Year 1980. East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame 2013.

Vic Janowicz

Real/Birth Name:
Victor Felix Janowicz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66, 1 day after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Heisman Trophy 1950, team Ohio State University, as halfback/punter. Team Washington Redskins. Baseball team Pittsburgh Pirates. College Football Hall of Fame 1976. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame.

Walt Michaels

Real/Birth Name:
Walt Michaels
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
88, 1 day before his 89th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Fullback, then linebacker. Teams Washington & Lee University, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets. Coach, teams Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, New Jersey Generals. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1986. Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 1977.

Zeke Bratkowski

Real/Birth Name:
Edmund Raymond Bratkowski
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
86, 5 days before his 87th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Teams University of Georgia, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1980. Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame 1989. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. University of Georgia Athletic Association Circle of Honor 2006. Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame.
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