JOE PATANELLI (Deceased)
Inducted: October 30, 1997 in Elkhart, IN
Date of Birth: September 18, 1919 in Elkhart
High School Attended: Elkhart Graduated: 1938
High School Honors: 3 letters in football as TE, tackle, drop kicker, and kick returner; team MVP and captain as a senior; team finished as East NIHSC Co-Champions in 1936, runner-up in 1935 and 1937; football team was 7-3-1, 8-1, and 7-1-1 during his football career; also played basketball and was named All-Sectional junior and senior seasons; basketball captain as a senior; team won sectional his junior and senior years.
College Attended: Indiana University on a full football scholarship, but returned home upon the death of his father and did not graduate.
Professional Athletic Background: Signed by Arch Wolfe to the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL in 1941 after serving in the United States Marines; also played professional basketball with the Toledo Jeeps and the Minneapolis Lakers; played first base for two minor league baseball teams, Rockford, IL, Rox and the Superior, WI, Blues; was a heavyweight boxer, getting a start while serving in the Marines.
Coaching Experience: Coached local baseball and softball teams.
Special Recognition: Served in the South Pacific with the US Marines during WW II.
Mr. Patanelli passed away August 18, 1998.