ACB=Always chose baseball : Moose Skowron & Notre Dame
by olson (2017-03-12 13:45:03)
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followup to an earlier post (down the page) about how MLB HOFer Joe 'Ducky' Medwick chose baseball over a football scholarship to ND from Knute Rockne

Bill 'Moose' Skowron was a football star HB at Weber HS in Chicago. His HS football coach was Al McGuff, a former ND football player. McGuff's roommate during his undergraduate days at ND had been Moose Krause.

Skowron did not play baseball in HS, because Weber did not even have a baseball team. However Bill was a great sandlot baseball star.

Skowron acknowledged that he wanted to go to Notre Dame, but during his South Bend visit, Coach Leahy informed Bill that he'd only be allowed to play football for the Irish.

So (per the article linked below), Skowron went to the Grotto, lit a candle & decided to go to Purdue instead. Purdue allowed Skowron to play on the Boilermakers baseball squad.

Skowron's college choice disappointed both his HS coach & Moose Krause-both of whom ironically had been allowed to play both football and basketball during their ND days.

(EDIT: Notre Dame did sign the other star off the Weber team in that 1948 ND Frosh class-Chet Ostrowski - end & star kicker(Skowron was Weber's punter)

Soon after, the NY Yankees signed 'Moose' off the West Lafayette campus to play 1B

Skowron played in 7 World Series with the Yankees & another with the Dodgers

Lesson to be learned here:
by SWPaDem  (2017-03-12 16:08:26)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Always try to accommodate someone nicknamed Moose and/or assign that nickname to your kids. We seem to have gotten away from that of late.

Moose Charlap (1928–1974), Broadway composer
Walt Dropo (1923-2010), American Major League Baseball player
André Dupont (born 1949), Canadian former National Hockey League player
George Earnshaw (1900–1976), Major League Baseball pitcher
Wesley Englehorn (1890–1993), American football player and coach
Walter E. Foran (1919–1986), American politician from New Jersey
Moose Gardner (1894–1954) National Football League player
Moose Goheen (1894–1979), American Hall of Fame ice hockey player
Moose Haas (born 1956), retired American baseball player
Johan Hedberg (born 1973), Swedish National Hockey League goaltender
Frederick Heyliger (1916–2001), American soldier
Moose Johnson (1886–1963), Canadian ice hockey player
Daryl Johnston (born 1966), American former National Football League player
Moose Krause (1913–1992), American football, basketball and baseball player, track athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator
Bert Marshall (born 1943), retired ice hockey player
Moose McCormick (1881–1962), American Major League Baseball player
Christine "Moose" McGlade (born 1963), actress on the Canadian TV show You Can't Do That On Television
Mark Messier (born 1961), retired National Hockey League player
Greg Monroe (born 1990), American basketball player
Mike Moustakas (born 1988), American Major League Baseball player
Walt Moryn (1926–1996), American Major League Baseball outfielder
Muhsin Muhammad (born 1973), American football player
Mike Mussina (born 1968), New York Yankees pitcher
Jared Padalecki (born 1982), American actor
Charles Panarella (born 1925), New York mobster
Moose Peterson, wildlife photographer
Robert B. Sherman (1925–2012), American Oscar-winning songwriter
Bill Skowron (1930–2012), American Major League Baseball player
Moose Solters (1906–1975), American Major League Baseball player
Michael Thomas (musician) (born 1981), drummer of the Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine
Wilbur Thompson (born 1921), American 1948 Olympics shot put gold medalist
Mourad Topalian (born 1943), Armenian-American political activist
Elmer Vasko (1935–1998), Canadian National Hockey League player

Bill 'Moose' Fisher Notre Dame Outland Trophy winner (link)
by olson  (2017-03-12 16:15:02)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

And we must not forget Moose Cholak.
by SWPaDem  (2017-03-12 16:31:35)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

A moose, a wrestler, and an engineer. Not a bad combination.


Edward 'Moose' Cholak, Wrestling Star, Engineer, Dies

November 1, 2002

Edward "Moose" Cholak became a wrestling star at Chicago Vocational High School and went on starring for 40 years as he took part in 8,000 matches, in 1963 becoming world champion. Variously called Moose, Golden Moose and Yukon Moose, he was a wrestling fixture across the Midwest and on television. The Calumet Beach Inn tavern he inherited from his father was a neighborhood fixture on the Southeast Side, where he was born.

No, folks, he wasn't nicknamed Moose because he was born in Mooseville, Maine. There is no Mooseville in Maine, although there is a town named Caribou. His wife suspects wrestling promoters came up with that tale.

One sure thing is that he always was a big moose of a guy. He stood 6 feet 2 inches and weighed 260 pounds when he was a tackle on coach Ivy Williamson's University of Wisconsin football teams in 1949 and 1950. A decade later he stood 6 feet 4 inches and weighed in at 360, telling sportswriters firmly, "Now this isn't fat, this is maturity."

He grew up in a neighborhood full of people who, like his father, were of Croatian ancestry. He went to Chicago Vocational because he wanted to be an engineer. His college career was cut short by the Korean War, where he served as a Seabee--doing engineering--in the Navy. In 1952 he was All-Navy heavyweight champion in boxing and wrestling, the only time one man held both titles.

In high school he was all-city wrestling champ, and he was an AAU amateur champion. He was in an amateur match while in the Navy when he was spotted by a Canadian-born Indian wrestler, Chief Don Eagle, who asked if he'd like to turn pro.

As soon as Mr. Cholak got out of the Navy, Chief Don Eagle called him and his new career began. He wrestled in 8,000 matches between 1953 and 1987, an era when the sport evolved into television entertainment. In 1963 he won the International Wrestling Association championship in a match in Japan, defeating Rikidozan.

He also worked for 20 years for the City of Chicago as an engineer, from 1976 to 1996, and whenever he wasn't wrestling at home or on the road, worked nights and weekends at the family bar until he sold it in 1980.

Another blast from our Burgh pasts!
by ArasEra  (2017-03-14 22:54:52)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Who can?

A meri can!

I never had the privilege of meeting any of the three.
by SWPaDem  (2017-03-16 07:19:55)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

And I wonder if Ringside Rosie got a cut of the paid attendance.

But one thing I do know; they sure don't make HVAC ads like they used to.

Also, a very good piano player. *
by rick  (2017-03-13 16:11:43)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

He's like a Renaissance Moose! *
by SWPaDem  (2017-03-13 17:59:06)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Live from the North Side Gym *
by ND8486  (2017-03-12 17:34:46)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

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