2009 Bud Morrison Award


Bill Pataky

Sports: Basketball, Football, Baseball

Bill Pataky was prominent in three sports as well as a coach and teacher to young athletes. In basketball, Bill was a two time All-City selection for the Assumption Purple Raiders in 1948-49, and was the high scorer for the University of Western team in 1951-52, making the All-Star team that same year. With Western, Bill would win league and Canadian championships in Basketball and were allowed to challenge the Tillsonburg Livingstons for the right to represent Canada at the 1952 Summer Olympics. Western did not win, but Bill was asked to join the team and travel to Finland to play for the Olympic Team.. Bill would then coach basketball for 14 years at St. Patrick High School and Central High School in Sarnia where his teams won seven league championships.


Bill also played football for Assumption High School for three years and was on the 1949 All-City team. With Assumption Bill would win the WOSSA championship. He played briefly with the Sarnia Imperials in 1953 and would go on to coach high school football for seven years, winning two league championships.


As part of the Sterling Construction baseball team in the Detroit Federation, Bill would win two Essex County Championships and went twice to the Canadian championships. He played briefly with the London Majors professional baseball team, making the All-Star team as a short stop.  

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