Joe Zaleski

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Joe Zaleski
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Born:(1927-03-19)March 19, 1927
New Kensington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: September 10, 2016(2016-09-10) (aged 89)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) QB
College University of Dayton
Career history
As coach
1958–1967 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (assistant)
1967–1969 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (head)
1970–1971 Edmonton Eskimos (assistant)
As player
1952–1954 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1955 Montreal Alouettes

Joseph John "Joe" Zaleski (March 19, 1927 – September 10, 2016) was a Canadian football player and coach.

Canadian football Canadian sport in which opposing teams of twelve players attempt to score by advancing a ball by running, passing and kicking

Canadian football is a sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (101 m) long and 65 yards (59 m) wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area.

Career

Zaleski was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania in 1927. [1] He attended the University of Dayton from 1948 to 1950, where he played on the football team as the starting quarterback for two years. The following years he served two years in the United States Marine Corps. [2] After signing with the Los Angeles Rams one season, without appearing in a game, Zaleski signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1952. He played there for two years as the backup quarterback and a defensive back, where he was regarded for his ball handling abilities. In 1955, he then signed with the Montreal Alouettes, where he played for one season as reserve quarterback. The following year, in May 1956, Zaleski moved to the Ontario Rugby Football Union where he was a player-coach for the Sarnia Golden Bears, remaining there for two years, leaving in 1957. [3]

New Kensington, Pennsylvania Place in Pennsylvania, United States

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The University of Dayton (UD) is a private Roman Catholic research university in Dayton, Ohio. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (Marianists), it is one of three Marianist universities in the nation and the second-largest private university in Ohio. The university's campus is in the city's southern portion and spans 388 acres on both sides of the Great Miami River. The campus is noted for the Immaculate Conception Chapel and the University of Dayton Arena. The University also operates in China's Suzhou Industrial Park, the University of Dayton China Institute.

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In 1958, Zaleski was hired as an assistant coach for his former team, the Blue Bombers, [4] winning the Grey Cup in 1959, 1961 and 1962. He remained in this position with Winnipeg until 1967 when he was named the team's head coach, replacing Bud Grant. As head coach, he compiled a record of 10–37–1 over three seasons and was eventually fired on November 20, 1969. [5] In 1970, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Eskimos, a position he retained for two seasons, with him being fired along with another assistant, Al Benecick, on January 3, 1972. [5] [6]

The 47th Grey Cup was the Canadian Football League's (CFL) championship game of the 1959 season on November 28, 1959.

The 49th Grey Cup was the Canadian Football League's championship game of the 1961 season on December 2, 1961. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 21 to 14 at CNE Stadium in Toronto before 32,651 fans. It is considered to be one of the 10 greatest Grey Cup Games of all time.

The 50th Grey Cup, also known as the Fog Bowl, was the 1962 Grey Cup Canadian Football League championship game played between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on December 1, 1962, at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium. It remains the only Grey Cup game ever suspended during play, and the first to be finished on a Sunday. The Blue Bombers won the game by a score of 28–27. The 1962 Grey Cup game is considered to be one of the ten best Grey Cup games of all time.

He married Louise Ann Savanyo of Tiltonsville, Ohio, around 1952 with whom he had five children, including a son, Slater, who played in the CFL. She died in Edmonton on November 8, 2013. [7] Zaleski died on September 10, 2016, aged 89. [8] [9]

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Joseph Slater Zaleski was a Canadian football player who played for the Edmonton Eskimos, Toronto Argonauts, and Saskatchewan Roughriders. The son of Joe Zaleski, he played football for the Edmonton Huskies prior to his CFL career. In 1992, he was studying geography at the University of Alberta. He died suddenly at the age of 27 in 1993.

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  3. "Sarnia Inks Joe Zaleski". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. May 16, 1956. p. 25.
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  9. Joseph ZALESKI