PIONEER ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2013
Joe Emanuele -- Baseball, 1971-73
Editor's Note: This is the first of a four-part series profiling the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Joe Emanuele and the other inductees will be honored at the Induction Ceremony Sept. 28, 2013. Read the Full Release here.
Joe Emanuele was one of the great players from the early days of Point Park baseball. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native and Central Catholic graduate was an infielder for the Pioneers from 1971-73. His career batting average of .348 over two years ranked eighth in school history at the time of his graduation, and he led the 1971 team with a .403 average and six triples. Emanuele played for coach Frank Gustine, and the Pioneers were a combined 31-12 in his time as a player.
Emanuele was a part of the 1971 team that reached the NAIA District 18 finals and finished runner-up. It was one of the first tastes of success for a Point Park baseball program that was in just its fourth year of existence after being established in 1968. Emaunele was an NAIA All-District 18 selection both years -- once at second base and once at third base.
Emanuele continued his involvement in baseball after his time at Point Park. He was a math teacher at Central Catholic High School for more than 40 years and was also the varsity baseball coach at his alma mater. His long and distinguished career as coach included taking the 1979 Central Catholic baseball team to the state championship game. That team included Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino and MLB draft picks Mike Berger, Larry Lamonde and Tony LaCava.
Emanuele is a 2001 inductee into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and a 2002 inductee into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was again honored by the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to teaching math at Central Catholic High School for 40 years, he also was the manager of the Jay's Book Stall in Oakland for 45 years before it closed in 2008. Emanuele was a Major League Baseball scout for the Kansas City Royals for 19 years and and for the Atlanta Braves for 11 years.
Register online for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Sept. 28, 2013. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Hall of Fame Homepage.