The Obit For Al Mazur

Al Mazur

Published in the Shreveport Times on 2/8/2008.

SHREVEPORT, LA- Al Mazur passed away at home on February 6, 2008. Visitation will be held at Osborn Funeral Home on Friday, February 8th from 5 until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 12 noon . at Saint Joseph Catholic Church with Father Richard J. Lombard officiating. Interment will be in the Forest Park Cemetery.

He was born Alphonse Joseph Mazurkiewicz on April 13, 1916 in Detroit, Michigan to Thomas and Judy Krestek Mazurkiewicz. He had two careers: professional baseball (for which he shortened his name) and Chief Probation Officer of the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court.

His baseball career spanned 14 years (1937-1951) with a four year break for military duty (1942-1945). He played in over 1400 games at second base in many leagues: Middle Atlantic League, the Piedmont League, the American Association, American League (Red Sox Training), International League, Texas League (Shreveport Sports), and Cotton States League. In the early 1940s he teamed with Johnny Pesky of Boston Red Sox fame to form one of the "most famous" shortstop-second base combinations the Louisville Colonels ever had. He received the MVP in 1938 with the Canton (Ohio) Terriers of the Middle Atlantic League and again won MVP in 1946 with the Shreveport Sports. He managed Monroe Sports of the Cotton States League in 1950 and 1951, winning the pennant in 1951 and being named the All-Star manager of the League that year.

After his retirement from baseball, he devoted the next 33 years to helping troubled youth. In 1951, he was appointed Chief Probation Office of the Caddo Parish Juvenile Court. Following his retirement from the court, he worked in the family business.

During his 62 years in Shreveport, he was active in many organizations, including The Salvation Army and Kiwanas. He received many awards for outstanding service, not only to youth but to the community at large. He was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Floyd, his first wife, Stephania, and his second wife of 52 years, Ruby.

Surviving him are his brother, Richard Mazur, of Detroit, MI, and two sons, Dr. Tom Mazur, of Buffalo, NY, his wife Jeri, their children Lucas and Emily, and John Mazur, Shreveport, LA, his wife Jeri, their three children, Sarah, Michael, and Joseph.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Community Hospice of America. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church building fund or the Salvation Army. OSBORNFUNERALHOME.NET

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