Mickey Witek went on to an outstanding base-ball career after his graduation in 1933 from Lu-zerne High School, where he excelled in football and baseball. Witek, who hitchhiked to his first professional baseball tryout, eventually joined the Yankee or-ganization in 1936. The Yankees first assigned him to Norfolk of the Class B Piedmont League. Then he went to play for the Newark Bears of the International League. He batted .329 in 1938 and was named to the International League All-Star team. Witek hit .331 the next year and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Witek made it to the major leagues with the Giants in 1940, and he remained with them until 1948. He retired with a career batting aver-age of .277.