Joe “Geetz” Gucwa

Considered to be one of the finest first basemen ever, no one can recall Joe Gucwa, the 6’3″ star, ever committing an error in a game. Born in 1937, his love for the sport began when he led his Catholic grammar school to two league-winning titles. Joe attended Kelly High School and played as a tackle on the football team. He started with the Bobcats at twenty years of age and played twelve seasons with that great team. He played on three ASA National Championship teams. Joe was known as good long ball hitter who batted cleanup in his early years. His fondest memory is playing in the 1964 Nationals at Thillen’s Stadium which was televised on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Joe and Christine have two children and two grandchildren. Joe is deceased.