Charles Wasicek

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Charles Wasicek
Date of birth (1908-05-05)May 5, 1908
Place of birth Arnold City, Pennsylvania
Date of death April 22, 1977(1977-04-22) (aged 68)
Place of death Buffalo, New York
Career information
Position(s) Tackle, Guard
College Colgate University
NFL draft 1936 / Round: 7 / Pick: 62
Drafted by Detroit Lions
Career highlights and awards
Honors

Charles J. Wasicek (May 5, 1908 - April 22, 1977) was an American football player. He played at the guard and tackle positions for Colgate University in the 1930s and was selected by Liberty Magazine as a first-team All-American at the tackle position in 1935.

Early years[edit]

Wasicek was born in Arnold City, Pennsylvania and raised in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. He was the fourth of nine children of August and Justina Wasicek.[1] Wasicek quit school after attending the eighth grade and went to work for the American Window Glass Co. and the Monessen Sheet & Tinplate Co.[2] Wasicek resumed his education, studying at Belle Vernon High School, the Kiski Preparatory School in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, and the Dickinson Seminary in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.[2] He graduated from Dickinson in 1932.[1]

Football player[edit]

Wasicek enrolled at Colgate University where he played football at the guard and tackle positions in the mid-1930s. In 1935, Wasicek was the captain of the Colgate football team.[2] Wasicek was selected as a first-team tackle on the 1935 Liberty Magazine All-American team, as voted in a poll of 1521 varsity players in all parts of the country.[3] He was also selected as a second-team All-American in 1935 by the United Press,[4] Central Press (through a poll of the year's football captains),[5] and the New York Sun.[6] Wasicek also played in the 1936 East-West Shrine Game and the All-Star Game in Chicago.[1]

Wasicek signed a contract to play football for the Detroit Lions, but he opted instead to play for the Syracuse, New York football team in the newly formed American League.[1][7] The league in which Syracuse played folded after one season. Wasicek next signed to play for a highly regarded semi-pro team in Danbury, Connecticut, while working as a hat salesman.[2]

Later years[edit]

In 1937, Wasicek retired from playing football and became a teacher. In November 1937, he married Faith Clifford, while working as a history teacher and football coach at the high school in Caledonia, New York.[8] Wasicek remained at Caledonia from 1937-1939. In 1939, Wasickek accepted a position as a teacher and football and track coach at the high school in Hornell, New York, where he remained until 1942.[1] In four years coaching at Hornell, Wasicek's football teams lost only five games and either won or tied for the county championship three times.[2]

In 1942, Wasicek enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned as a lieutenant. During World War II, Wasicek served as a battery officer and helped train gun crews in Norfolk, Virginia.[1] After being discharged from the military in 1945, Wasicek operated a grocery store founded by his father in Belle Vernon. Wasicek also worked in the homebuilding business during the 1950s before returning to the teaching profession, teaching geography at Belle Vernon Area High School from 1957-1973.[1]

Wasicek died at the E.J. Meyer Hospital in Buffalo, New York, after suffering a heart attack at age 68. He was survived by his wife, Faith Vivian Clifford Wasicek, and two children, Dr. Charles A. Wasicek, Jr., and Justina Wasicek.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Obituaries: Charles Wasicek, ex-teacher". The Valley Independent (PA). 1977-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Ron Paglia (1977-04-30). "Wasicek's legend one of the best". The Valley Independent (PA). 
  3. ^ "Bobby Wilson Named Liberty All-Players' All-America Eleven". Galveston Daily News. 1935-12-31. 
  4. ^ Stuart Cameron (1935-11-29). "Grayson On U.P. All-American Team: MOSCRIP AND LUTZ PLACED ON RESERVES". Oakland Tribune. 
  5. ^ Bill Braucher (1935-12-08). "SOUTH LEADS OTHER SECTIONS - ALL AMERICA: 54~Captains Select Central Press All-American Teams". Kingsport Times. 
  6. ^ "Reynolds Gets All-Star Post". Oakland Tribune. 1935-12-08. 
  7. ^ "Pillsbury and Wasicek of Colgate Sign With Syracuse Pro Football Team". Syracuse Herald. 1936-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Former Colgate Captain Married". The Monessen Daily Independent. 1937-11-27.