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Carl Tsaloff

With the induction of Carl Tsaloff, another historical first takes place in the SCSHOF. He becomes the first honoree to be inducted after previously receiving the Andy Palich Award for meritorious service to athletics. Tsaloff fits that mold of a rare individual to a "T." He has well served the Akron area community as a 49-year member of the executive board of the Akron Touchdown Club and as a 41-year member of the SCSHOF Committee. However, "Moose," his nickname, was an outstanding all-around athlete at both Akron Garfield High School and at The University of Akron. Although born in Granite City, IL on April 8, 1916, Tsaloff came to Akron at an early age. At Garfield he lettered three years each in football, basketball and track. He would go onto achieve the same letters at UA. Yet, before he ever set foot on the UA campus, his world took a drastic change when his father died during his senior year at Garfield. With America in the "Great Depression," his family needed another breadwinner and Carl filled the role by getting a job at the Miller Rubber Company. Some 45 years later Tsaloff would retire from B.F. Goodrich, which had purchased Miller in 1936. Thanks to a sympathetic boss and Tsaloff's ability to budget his time efficiently, he maintained his grades and athletic activities through his college years. It was a time when fountain drinks were three cents and hot beef and pork sandwiches were 14 cents at Nick "The Greek" Yanko's place on Center Street and tuition at UA was only $40. A strapping 6-1, 195 pound fullback and end, Tsaloff played for Howard "Red" Blair in 1935 and two seasons with Jim Aiken as the Zippers compiled winning records of 6-3, 6-2-1 and 7-2, respectively. During the 1937 season Carl was on the receiving end of several touchdown passes from Hall of Fame halfback-quarterback Frank Zazula and they both were voted on the All-Ohio team. That '37 season also brought Tsaloff his biggest thrill in college athletics, a 21-7 victory on the road over the highly touted Toledo. He went on to help UA have three winning seasons in basketball and he was a weight man and long jumper in track. Tsaloff was inducted into the UA Hall of Fame in 1979 and has also been honored by the Touchdown Club and the Dapper Dan Club.

Inducted 2002 | Football