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Bob "Concrete" Zielinski

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Bob (Concrete) Zielinski was such an outstanding semipro baseball player in his youth that he was offered a job at the Crucible Steel Plan in Midland so he could play for the famous Finishing Mill baseball teams, which won the Steel League championship and later went on to several national tournaments. Before coming to Midland, Bob lived in Sharpsburg and played for many of the top semipro baseball teams of the 1920s. The versatile Bob also was an end in semipro football and played for Art Rooney’s famous Hope Harveys. After coming to Beaver County, he played throughout the 1930s for semipro baseball teams in Beaver Falls as well as such well known teams as the Rochester Whippets and Beaver Grays. But it was in boxing that Bob achieved his greatest fame as a scrappy middleweight. From 1922 to 1925 he won all 35 of his amateur bouts, and then turned pro and won 25 of 26 bouts in the next six years losing only to Bob Crepe on a close decision. Bob retired from boxing in 1931 and was inducted into the Beaver County Boxing Hall of Fame in 1972.