August 21, 1921
Ford City, PA
July 2, 2004
1936-37 Ford City High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1937-38 Ford City High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1938-39 Ford City High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1940-41 VMI (College)
1941-42 VMI (College)
1942-43 VMI (College)
1946-47 Youngstown Bears (NBL)
1948-49 Butler (AAPBL)
Born to Andrew and Tekla Sotnyk, Emil attended Ford City High School before enrolling in VMI, where he played football and baseball as well as basketball. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, he entered the army, and while serving in Germany, met his future wife, Margaret Kasper, a German-English translator. He returned to Pennsylvania after the war, and briefly played professional basketball for Youngstown. Also a skilled bowler, Sotnyk moved his family to Toledo in 1966, and died of bone cancer in 2004.
He and his wife had six children.
Grave / Obit
Toledo Blade, July 4, 2004