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Harrick enshrined in WVU history as school's only 16-letter athlete

December 8, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Joseph (Joe) V. Harrick (1895-1958), Punxsutawney native and former Punxsy coach, was recently inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame.

The WVU Sports Hall of Fame honors former athletes and others connected to Mountaineer athletics.

Harrick attended WVU from 1917-1921 and is the only known 16-time letterman in WVU history.

His greatest feat was earning four varsity letters each in football, baseball, wrestling and track and field — an accomplishment unheard of in the modern sports era.

The Zak Zone

December 8, 2011

Sometimes, I wish I were around in the "Good Ol' Days."

Directly to this column's left, on Page 6, is an article that was submitted to me this week about a man, Joseph Harrick, who was recently inducted into the West Virginia University Sports Hall of Fame for being the only known individual in school history to earn 16 letters — a feat that is simply unheard of today.

First of all, athletes today have three sports seasons, and except for the occasional kicker-who-is-a-soccer-player, the idea of an athlete playing two sports in one season is practically extinct.

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