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1944 Bainbridge NTS Commodores

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1944 Bainbridge NTS Commodores
Includes pro players: front row: Lou Rymkus (66), Harry Hopp (37), Zygmont Czarobski (65), Lou Sossamon (43), Elwood Gerber (63), Al Vandeweghe (33); 2nd row: Chuck Mehelich (32), John Badaczewski (2nd row, far right), Charlie Justice (23), Joe Maniaci (front row in uniform); 3rd row: Lyle Rockenbach (27), Buster Ramsey (20), Joe Skladany (in cap); top row: Len Akin (25), Don Durdan (22), Dewey Proctor (56), Harvey Johnson (50), and Clure Mosher (68).
Posted by Bucko on March 25, 2013 Full Size| Slideshow

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4 Comments

Reply Joan Mehelich Castronuovo
5:57 PM on January 29, 2014 
in the process of documenting my dad's (Chuck Mehelich # 32) pre professional (pittsburgh steelers) sports history.not sure we had this picture so it was great coming across it .
Reply Andrew
12:19 PM on May 23, 2013 
Number 53 in the 2nd row, last player on the right is another pro player, Carl Tomasello from Scranton U. who played for the Giants.
Reply Bucko
9:52 AM on March 31, 2013 
My sentiments too.
Reply Shadrack Jones
3:58 PM on March 29, 2013 
Great pictures Bucko! I believe those men who came out of WWII and started playing college and Pro ball were the toughest guys ever to play the game. I know they are all bigger, faster & stronger now but I don't think modern players could match just the sheer physical & mental toughness that the the old vets possessed.