Joseph Mathew Patanelli
September 18, 1919
August 18, 1998
1935-36 Elkhart High School - Indiana (High School)
1936-37 Elkhart High School - Indiana (High School)
1937-38 Elkhart High School - Indiana (High School)
1946-47 Toledo Jeeps (NBL)
1947-48 Minneapolis Lakers (NBL)
1947-48 Kansas City Blues (PBLA)
Part of a very athletic family, Joseph's younger brother Michael and his older brother Matthews played football at the University of Michigan. Joseph got a football scholarship to Indiana, but did not finish his education, having to return home following the death of his father. He played pro basketball, pro baseball, was apparently signed by the NFL's Chicago Cardinals (but never played), and also may have boxed professionally.
Patanelli served in the Marines during World War 2.
Minor League Baseball Stats:
Indiana Football Hall of Fame