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Joe Galante


Inducted February 1978

A native Californian, born in Los Angeles in 1923, went through L.A. school system and enrolled at U. S. C. where he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees. Taught in the Kern High School District at Shafter, South, and Bakersfield High Schools. Was introduced to handball at 16 and shortly thereafter won L.A. YMCA singles title fallowed by So-Cal singles and doubles championships. Won National Jr. and Sr. singles as well as West Coast regional singles. Galante then began a doubles partnership with Dr. George Polynis that has endured for 25 years, during which time innumerable country, state and regional championships have been amassed. Was instrumental in starting up and encouraging students at BHS to develop an interest in handball. Supervised, conducted, and maintained a handball program, solicited and furnished awards, and created through his efforts a strong and ongoing handball program at BHS. Program copied and instituted at other city schools. Wife Nancy: children Jim, Nicolette and Marty. Russ Letlow Graduate of Taft High School, outstanding in track, baseball and football. Graduate of University of San Fransisco. All-Coast tackle and All-American mention 1936. Participated in Shrine East-West game and College All-Star game in 1936. Number one draft choice by Green Bay Packers. All-Pro selection in 1937 and 1938 and member of two world championship teams while with Packers. Service All-American with Great Lakes Naval Center team. Honored on All-Star team of the 30’s in “The First 50 Years,” celebrating the National Football Leagues first half century. Wife Dolores, sons Richard and David, daughter Sharon, Resident of Delano.