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Dr. George Poloynis

athlete

Inducted February 1978

Born in Long Beach in 1917 and schooled in Bakersfield. An all-around athlete, was an outstanding track star in elementary school, Kern County Union High School and Bakersfield College, and set records in the middle distances. When Dr. Polynis turned his attention to handball, he became an outstanding singles player as well as a top-level doubles performer, along with Joe Galante, in a partnership spanning more than a quarter of a century and amassing a skein of important championships. Earlier, he had been a fine softball player, performing at several positions, and was a 20-game winning pitcher on the championship Victorville Air Force Base team in 1945. Dr. Poloynis won several gold medals at the Masters Pan-Am Games in Los Angeles in 1977 and followed that up by winning gold medals successively in the 220, 440 and 880-yard runs, all within 55 minutes, at the Santa Ana Masters meet in 1978. He and wife Marian are the parents of three daughters; Theodora, Dorothea nad Nicoletta. Don Johnson Graduate of Bakersfield High School where he was a standout athlete. Starting quarterback in 1949 at Bakersfield College. Member of track team at BC. President of Associated Men’s Students. All-Scholastic team 1950. Led University of California team in pass receiving and kickoff returns in 1952. Set Cal record for kickoff returns against UCLA in 1952. Participated in Shrine East-West game 1952. All-American nomination. Philadelphia Eagles professional football team in 1953 where he was named “Rookie of the Year.” Led team in ground gaining and scored three touchdowns against Baltimore and three against New York Giants. Sidelined with serious knee injury in 1954. Daughters Mellissa and Pamela, son Jeff. In Business in Shafter-Wasco Community.