- Inducted 1991
He didn’t compete on any of the Penguins’ varsity squads, nor was he a coach of any of the Penguins’ athletic teams, yet Chuck Perazich has had as much to do with the success of YSU’s teams over the years, having steered many an athlete YSU’s way to further their education and continue their athletic careers. A Youngstown native and a graduate of Wood Wilson HS, he held a myriad of duties during his college days, ranging from equipment manager for its football and basketball teams, to publicity director as a student for all of its athletic teams, to sports writer of the school newspaper, The Jambar. When he wasn’t busy doing the aforementioned, he was the sports editor of the school yearbook, The Neon, and was responsible for the editorial content and layout of the football and basketball programs. His experiences in college led to a distinguished career with his hometown newspaper, The Vindicator, where he rose from reporter, to beat writer, to editor, and his current position as Executive Sports Editor. Among the many honors that he has achieved professionally, he is most proud of his First Prize in the 1989 United Press International “Best Column” category and the Second Prize that the NFL Football Writers of America bestowed upon him for his 1987 article on “Quarterbacks with a Youngstown Connection Currently in the NFL”. He was elected to the Media Wing of the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame in Maumee, OH last year, receiving the prestigious Si Burick Award in the process. It was only fitting that he was installed in the same class with a fellow YSU baseball great, Dave Dravecky (also being installed were Al Oliver, Gene Michael, and former Indian Willis Hudlin). While his efforts off the field of combat are legendary, he is also proud of the fact that he won the 1954 class “AA” batting title, batting .417 with the league champion Sky Way Tavern team. Married to the former Dorothy Benton, they are the proud parents of five children: Patty, Chuckie, Susan, LuLu, and Donna.