- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 3, 2024
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After spending six decades of his life as an active sportsman, Joe Biros comes home today to be recognized for his great accomplishments by being inducted into the Ed Romance Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Living in Marion Heights, Joe attended schools in Mount Carmel Township and was a two-sport standout for the Golden Bears in the late 30’s. Joe was a backfield mate of the great “Galloping Ghost” Len Eshmont at Mount Carmel Township High in 1936. That was probably the Township’s greatest team going 9-1 and losing only to the powerhouse Ashland team 26-6. Joe played under coach Al Masciantonio, a 1988 inductee into the Hall.
During the winter, Jumping Joe was a three year starter on the Golden Bear basketball team for coaches Masciantonio and Charlie Karlow. He led the team in scoring for two years as the starting center and was elected captain during his senior season.
Following graduation in 1938, Joe began working in the mines like many other young men of the time until after a cave-in, his mother told him that he would no longer go down under the earth to earn a living. He packed his bags and went to play baseball in West Palm Beach until the war years saw him enter the service.
He then returned to Pennsylvania and entered York Jr. College: playing basketball and going on to win a Pennsylvania State Championship with the York White Roses in the Eastern League. From 1946 to 1952, Joe played professional baseball with affiliates of both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Senators in Albany and Bridgeport.
Joe then returned to Gettysburg College where in 1952, he graduated with a B.A. degree in education. He received his Masters from Western Maryland in 1954. He coached baseball and basketball for 3 years at Central High School in York and then coached baseball, basketball, and football for 30 years in York City Schools until his retirement in 1982. Brios spent 35 years as a PIAA official and 10 years as a CBOA official.
Joe and his wife Janet reside in York and are the parents of twin girls, Elaine and Susanne.