Walter “Lefty” Dorzinsky

About This Inductee

Walter graduated from Wilkes-Barre Township High School in 1943 where he played varsity basketball four years. He was voted MVP his junior and senior years. He also played baseball four years. At the Wentworth Institute of Technology, he played baseball against professional teams from the New England area. He also played baseball for the Sans Solid Smilers, Georgetown Good Neighborhood, Georgetown Friers, Millers Mills AC, Buttonwood and North End Mud Hens. He played basketball with the Georgetown Settlement House, West Ashley and St. Joseph’s in Wilkes-Barre Township. Professionally, he played on the Carbondale Class D baseball team in the Philly organization and the Hazleton Class D team with the Dodger organization. He coached St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Grade School baseball and St. Joseph’s Little League for five years. Lefty was a P.I.A.A. basketball official for 38 years, retiring in 1991. He officiated in junior/senior high school, CYC, YMCA, Jewish Community Center and Oblates. He also was a P.I.A.A. baseball official for 48 years, retiring in 2001. He officiated teeners, American Legion, Little League, junior/senior high school and college games. He participated on the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Recreation Board for 20 years and has received numerous awards for his outstanding service to athletics and the community. He was instrumental with two others in personally constructing Kennedy Park Playground and baseball field and was a member of the committee who constructed the Wilkes-Bane Twp. Football field in 1953. Retired, Walter and his wife Margaret reside in Wilkes-Barre Township and are the parents of three, Donna Schluter, Michael Dorzinsky and Cindy Dorzinsky.