Gene "Moz" Mozdzierz
Gene Mozdzierz grew up in the Bucktown
neighborhood of Chicago around Bloomingdale
and Hermitage. He started his sixty-two year plus
softball career when Father Jim Grzybowski from
St. Mary’s of the Angels, who also played in the
Windy City league, started teams for students in
the seventh and eight grades.
When is was time to go to high school, he took
his baseball talents to Lane Tech where he played
shortstop and helped Lane to a second place
finish in the city high school league.
He started playing competitive softball at
Thillen’s Stadium with the Chi-Orioles club and
the Northtown Vaults when he was just fifteen. In
1945 they took second place at Thillen’s and in
1946 the Chi-Orioles won the Harold-American
title when they defeated the Southside Cardinals.
He then went on to play against such
legendary teams as Midland Motors, Kool Vent
Awnings, Monica Orioles, Ma’s Tavern,
Wrightwood Park and Martin Jewelers. He
played periodically with teams sponsored by
Congressman Dan Rostenkowski. The Chi-Orioles
and the Rostenkowski teams captured twenty-five
plus league titles. During his forty-four year
playing career, teams he played on won 833
games against only 168 losses.
He played shortstop for forty-four seasons
(from 1945 to 1988) and was known for his speed
and outstanding defensive skills. He batted
leadoff for most of his teams for most of his
Besides playing softball, Gene Mozdzierz also
played semi-pro baseball. His baseball team, the
Kolski-Boosters, won six league titles, a state title,
and finished seventh in nationals during a twelve
year span (1952 - 1963). Since 1989 to the present,
he has managed, pitched, and played shortstop
for the Chicago “Lite” Seniors, a 12-inch softball
He is a semi-retired independent painter. He
and his wife, Nana Lee, live in Addison, Illinois.
They have four children (Gina, Joy, Donna, and
Tom) and three grandchildren (William, Courtney,
He thanks his sponsors for the Chi-Lite
seniors, Terry and Kathy Mullarkey.
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Gene “Moz” Mozdzierz