Tom Kutza interviews Stanley Coveleski – 1969

  • May 3, 2014
Tom Kutza presents Stanley Coveleski with an award following his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969

Tom Kutza presents Stanley Coveleski with an award following his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969

Stanley Coveleski was born Stanislaus Kowalewski on July 13th 1889 in Shamokin, PA. He was a 5 foot, 11 inch, right handed pitcher that made his major league debut in 1912 with the Philadelphia Athletics. Through 1928, Coveleski would play for the Cleveland Indians, The Washington Senators and The New York Yankees.He had a 60% win-loss record in 357 games with a 2.89 ERA. He led the league twice with 38 career shutouts, once in ERA and once in Strikeouts. During the 1920 World Series, he had an ERA of 0.67 and beat the Brooklyn Dodgers three times (3-1, 5-1 and 3-0), a record that stood for 26 years, only to be tied, never beaten. It’s interesting to note that Stanley’s brother, Harry was also a famous baseball player, and was known as “The Giant Killer.”

"The Silent Pole" at the height of his career

“The Silent Pole” at the height of his career

When his career ended in 1928, Coveleski retired to Indiana, operating a gas station as a post baseball career. Although out of baseball for almost 40 years, Stanley’s accomplishments had not been forgotten. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1969. It was on this occasion that he once again returned to his hometown, and spent some time with WISL’s Tom Kutza to recount his successful baseball career. Presented here is that very interview, and a rare glimpse into the world of baseball’s infant age told through the experiences of Shamokin’s Hall of Fame Hero, Stanley Coveleski.

In July of 2017, the story of this interview got the attention of WHP-TV CBS 21 in Harrisburg and reporter Jason Bristol visited Tom to get the full story. You can watch the full story below.

Audio Exhibit

Tom Kutza Interviews Stanley Coveleski on WISL – June 30th 1969


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4 Comments on Tom Kutza interviews Stanley Coveleski – 1969

  • Lynda Covaleski Mallozzi says:
    July 18, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Nice story on Stanley Covaleskie and good to see a sports story reminding us if simpler times when commerciality $ did not come into play with an athletes performance and records. I was there at Coooerstown that induction day with my father Stanley Civaleski also named after the great hall of famer and he gave a very great speech!


  • Joseph Butash says:
    July 18, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you…this recording is unbelievable.


  • Joanne Accetta says:
    August 4, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Thank you so very much for posting this. Stanley is a cousin of mine and my mother was a a native of Shamokin. He maiden name was Rita Balchunas.


  • Joe Garrison says:
    May 15, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Thank you for posting this! I used to teach down in Mount Carmel and the Coveleski (Kowalewski) name is still legendary in and around Shamokin!


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