Edwin J.(Eds) Menapace

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Eds Menapace was a solid two-sport athlete at Mt. Carmel Township. However, he grew as an athlete after High School and became even more outstanding as he matured. He became a three-sport letterman at Susquehanna University in 1949, 1950 and 1951. He was a fullback in football, a catcher in baseball, and a solid rebounder in basketball. He really earned his nickname “Moose”.

After leading the Crusaders in slugging percentage in his final season, Menapace was signed by the Cincinnati Reds and sent to their Class C affiliate in Lockport, New York. He spent a year there then moved up to the St. Hyacinthe Reds of the Canadian League and the following year played with the Midland Indians of the Texas League. Even though he realized his dream of playing in the majors was probably not going to materialize he continued to play for the sheer love of the game.

He continued to play for several more years…finally winding up his career with the semi-pro Statesboro Pilots of the Georgia League.

Eds lived in Silver Springs, Maryland with his family until his recent death.

Categories: 1997 Hall of Fame