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TONY TECHKO


ACCESSION NUMBER 03-008





BIOGRAPHY

Anthony (Tony) Techko lived his life immersed in Windsor and Essex county sport. From playing to Windsor Federation Baseball League Championships, in the 1940s, and signing a pro ball contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, in 1948, to being teacher and administrator at Forester, Herman, Riverside and Walkerville Highschools in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was born in 1929 and died in 2000. Techko not only coached baseball and basketball, he also was the President of the Windsor Coaches Association and Windsor Secondary School Athletics, Secretary for South West Ontario Secondary School Athletics, a panel member for the University of Windsor Christmas Basketball Tournament, and an administrator at Windsor’s International Coaches Clinic. Included in Techko’s legacy is his position as a founding member of the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.

Techko co-authored the book The Olympians Among Us, in 1995, with Carl Morgan. He also published articles, pertaining to Windsor area sport heroes, regularly, in Windsor This Month, a local magazine. Along with contributing numerous other works to publications such as the Financial Post, a list of local sports heros and events, written about, include: Assumption College’s double victories over the Harlem Globetrotters, baseball legend Justin Clarke, track great John Loaring, the Ford V8's, and a piece, titled “Assumptions Almighty Five”, included in William Humber and John St. James’ book All I Thought About Was Baseball. Techko also served as the local sports authority on CBC Radio’s Morning Watch with Tony Doucette.

This collection contains files created by Tony Techko, which consist of newspaper articles, photographs, correspondences and memorabilia pertaining to athletes, organizations and all facets of sports history, in Windsor and Essex County. A biography section with over one-thousand files, pertaining to various sports figures and Windsor/Essex county sports hall of famers, highlights the depth and interest shown by Techko. Also present are Techko’s supporting notes, along with numerous files, demonstrative of his passion for his work and the organizations to which he was a member. An extensive collection charting the history of highschool sport, as well as a set of Walkerville Collegiate Institute Blue and White yearbooks, dating back to the opening of the school in 1927 until 1983, highlight the value of this collection. Personal memoirs and effects, from local sport personalities, such as Elmer Skov and Bert Foote, add a personal touch to the history of sport in Windsor and Essex county.
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