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