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Arthur "Tubby" Petrosky

Baseball ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

Art Petrosky tried a lot of different jobs, but in sports his first love was always baseball. He was a three year baseball letterman at Midland High School, graduating in 1940, and played amateur, semipro, and professional baseball in the minor leagues for many years. His first County League experience came in 1937 at age 16 and his last was in 1952 when he played for the Midland United Steel Workers team. He played semipro ball in the Nickle Belt League of Canada in 1951 and also served as coach, leading the Ontario team to its first title. Tubby’s minor league career from 1949 to 1951 was played in the North Carolina State League, the Colonial League, the Piedmont League, and the Western Carolina League. Tubby served as radio gunner with a Marine dive bomber squadron in the Pacific Theater in World War II. After the war, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1952 but did not play baseball because of his minor league pro status. Just to keep busy, Tubby staged a wide variety of baseball promotions during his long sports career, including a 1948 All Star game with the famous Homestead Grays and another All Star event with the Honus Wagners the same year. From 1955 to 1960 Tubby served as Pennsylvania State Baseball Commissioner under the National Baseball Congress. He served as commission scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954 to 1958 and conducted a super-tryout camp for youngsters in 1957 under the supervision of many major league scouts. He was honored by the National Baseball Congress in 1956 as State Commissioner of the Year. Tubby also was active in the Midland VFW Post for many years.