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Steve Cheslak


Date and Place of Birth: 1908 Queens, NY
Date and Place of Death:    November 15, 1944 France
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Outfield
Rank: Corporal
Military Unit: 15th Tank Battalion, 6th Armored Division, US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations

Steve Cheslak was born Stephen P. Cieslak, in Queens, New York, in 1908, to Polish immigrant parents, Joseph and Josephine. During the 1930s, Steve was a well-known heavy-hitting outfielder with the Maspeth El-Kays until 1937, and the Maspeth Melvinars of the Queens Baseball Alliance from 1938 until the early 1940s.

Cheslak entered military service in April 1942, and served in Europe, as a corporal, with the 15th Tank Battalion, 6th Armored Division, probably as a crew member of a Sherman tank.

On November 15, 1944, Corporal Cieslak was killed in action in France. He is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France.

In September 1950, an Old-Timers game was staged at the Maspeth Kiwanis Community Field to honor Chaslek and John Kobel, who had recently died from a heart attack.

Date Added September 15, 2017

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