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John “Herman” Horoschak was an outstanding work-horse running back for Coaldale in the late 50’s. He was a three-year starter and four-year letterman, known for running off tackle and turning the play into an end sweep; he was a combination of power and speed for Bob Wear and Tom Leonard’s Tigers. A true forty-eight- minute man, John was a defensive stalwart playing safety. In addition, he excelled as the punter.
As a sophomore, with fewer than five minutes left in the game, he closed out the win for the Tigers with a thirty-nine yard touchdown gallop to seal the win over Lansford by a score of 13-0. His junior year began with wide acclaim as he scored four touchdowns which included an eighty-yard punt return in the opening game. Later in the year, against rival Tamaqua, he tallied the only Tiger score on a sixty-eight yard run. Scoring the winning touchdown over a heavily favored Schuylkill Haven team chalked up another win for the Tigers in mid-season. On Thanksgiving, once again he was a thorn in the side of Lansford in the traditional Turkey Day clash, intercepting a pass and racing down the sideline for a sixty-eight yard score to seal the win.
In his senior year, “Herman” continued to do the bulk of the ball-carrying. He scored two touchdowns against Nesquehoning leading to the first Coaldale victory over the Warriors in eight years. This resulted in a school holiday the following Monday. In his final game against Lansford, one writer described his game as “brilliant” as he scored two touchdowns and played a fine game on defense.
At the conclusion of the season, John was named All Panther Valley and selected to play in the prestigious Schuylkill County Dream Game. In addition, he was an AP All-State honorable mention.
John had several scholarship offers but decided to join the Army and was stationed in Germany. After his service to our country, he attended Bloomsburg University. Always driven by the entrepreneurial spirit, John owned and operated a real estate business in Palmerton and, later, in Oklahoma City. John passed away in 1997 in Oklahoma..
Mike Paslawsky Barely Misses No-Hit GameAs Greeks Trip Polish 10-0 (circa 1932)
Holding the Summit Hill Polish under the hypnotic spell of a real pitching classic for nine innings, Mike (Puss) Paslawsky piloted his Coaldale Greeks to an impressive victory in the first game of the Panther Valley championship series at Ginter Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The manager of the Coaldale club ascended the hurling peak Saturday in one of the finest performances ever viewed locally. He missed a no-hit, no-run game by the proverbial whisker as his Greek charges, playing like demons after an erratic start, piled up an easy 10-0 victory over the Hillers.
The lone hit that spoiled Paslawsky's perfect game was a scratch single by John Minnick in the 9th inning. The Polish centerfielder topped a high pitch to send a meek little roller down the first base line. Paslowsky fielded the ball and threw to first, but Minnick had the throw beat and the hit went for an infield single. The fact that the first baseman dropped the throw didn't alter the situation since Minnick had the ball beaten by a step.
Baseball - Church League -Exceptionally Competitive.