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Stan Zanieski

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You are old if you know that Stan Zanieski had the nickname of “Greenie” during his athletic years of the 1920s and 1930s. He had a colorful career as a high school, college, amateur, semipro, and professional athlete in several sports but is best known as a baseball pitcher. At Rochester High School, Stan lettered three times each as a football fullback, a basketball center, and a versatile trackman. After graduating in 1926, he pitched for a semipro baseball team in Cleveland, and then for various teams in the Beaver County League, including Rochester, New Brighton, Aliquippa, the Beaver Grays, and the Ambridge PJ Caul team. A highlight of his career came in the 1930s when he pitched the Beaver County All Stars to a 2-1 victory over the famous Homestead Grays, who had won 33 straight games at the time. Stan allowed only seven hits in the seven inning game at Beaver. Catcher Josh Gibson, the Homestead star, was held hitless and the Grays scored their lone run on an error. That same year, Stan pitched for the Beaver Falls team in the Middle Atlantic League. Stan played football at West Liberty State College as a quarterback and received second team All Star honors after his team won its conference title. He later played football for the Ambridge Mystics in 1929 when they were the West Penn Conference champions. Stan also played for West View in the same conference and for the Aliquippa Indians.