Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Joe Sotak

Joseph John "Bull" Sotak

February 9, 1914
Whiting, IN

December 11, 2007
Whiting, IN

Catholic Central High School - Indiana (High School)
Manchester University??
1933-34 Whiting Macks (Independent)
1934-35 Whiting Ciesars (Independent)
1935-36 Whiting Ciesars (Independent)
1936-37 Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (MBC)
1937-38 Whiting Ciesar All-Americans (NBL)
1938-39 Hammond Ciesar All-Americans (NBL)
1939-40 Hammond Ciesar All-Americans (NBL)
1940-41 Hammond Ciesar All-Americans (NBL)

The son of a Czech immigrant born and raised in Whiting, "Bull" Sotak played basketball in High School at Catholic Central, and then played four seasons in the NBL. He began working at the Whiting Standard Oil Refinery in 1939 and worked there until 1980. He also served in the Coast Guard during World War 2. He married Vernamae Spisak (1918-2008) in 1941 and the couple had a daughter, Emily Ann Huizenga, and three sons, Mark, Ralph (1946-1972) and David (1951-2007). He died at his home in Whiting in 2007.

Hammond Times, December 17, 1935


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