An active competitor in Olympic-style weightlifting for 15 years, Howard Prechtel won a world title in 1961. Subsequently he established eight world records in various powerlifting classifications, some of which stood for several years.
Paul Pirrone fought at a consistently high level which included bouts against 15 world champions. “Poison Pirrone” was the number one ranked middleweight in the world in 1934 and his pro career spanned eleven years, from 1928 to 1939.
A lefthanded pitcher who played with championship girls fastpitch softball teams throughout her career, Jean Simms Pierman won particular fame as a strikeout artist. She once struck out 21 batters in a no-hit game. Jean played in numerous city, national and international championships. She also starred in basketball and became an excellent bowler after her softball career ended.
Mary “Whitey” Doljack Primosch played for Cleveland’s famed Bloomer Girls team, winning the 1935 National Championship at Soldier’s Field in Chicago. It was her home run that won the deciding game for the Cleveland team. She played short center and occasionally caught. Mary competed for numerous City championship squads during her career.
George Newman compiled an sterling record of 126 wins against just 40 losses in 11 seasons as a pitcher in Cleveland Class A amateur competition between 1952 and 1964. He built a 20-2 record in 1956, becoming only the third pitcher in Class A history to win 20 games. George once pitched an incredible 59 consecutive complete games. He was twice named All-Mid-American Conference pitcher at Western Reserve University (1951-54).
Spent 10 seasons in the baseball major leagues with the Twins, Pilots, Brewers and Indians. Was the American League’s All-Star third baseman in 1962 and was an important factor in the Twins pennant drive in 1965. Lifetime batting average .272.
An outstanding glove man, he played first base for the famed Fisher Foods team in the Muny Class A League in the 1930s and early 40s. He consistently batted over .350. At 6-4, one of the tallest men in amateur baseball in his day, he was considered one of the best fielding baseman in the game.
Outstanding catcher during a career which spanned the era from 1911 to 1932. Played for Cleveland, Boston an St. Louis, later serving as coach and then manager of the Indians. Caught all seven games of the 1920 World Series for the World Championship Cleveland team, hitting .333. Hit a season career high of .322 the following season, also with the Indians.
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