Thursday, June 01, 2006

Edmund “Buster” Piaski, Olympian (1915-1995)

Edmund “Buster” Piaski, who grew up in Moosic, competed in the Polish Olympics in Warsaw in 1934. Piaski placed third in the high jump and fourth in the 800-meter race.

In 2004, Moosic Borough officials dedicated Elm Street Park in Piaski's memory.

An article in the Scranton Times from July 4, 2004, titled "Moosic Honors Former Athlete," can be read online by clicking here.

The Reference Department has a "Sports-Olympics" Local History Vertical File containing newspaper clippings about Piaski; the file also contains an article about Dr. Walter Tewsbury of Tunkhannock, who won five medals (two gold, two silver, and a bronze) at the Paris Olympic Games of 1900.

Much thanks to Judi K. for the information included in this entry.