GPSA Locations

GPSA Office
P.O. Box 413
Pueblo, CO 81002

GPSA Room
Massari Arena
Colo State Univ.- Pueblo
Pueblo, CO 81007

Hall of Fame Wall
Thatcher Building (Main Floor)
5th and Main
Pueblo, CO 81003

Top Panel
Monday, 25 September 2017

GPSA Meetings

Below is a list of remaining meetings dates for the GPSA during the 2017 calendar year. All meeting held on the third Monday from Jan. to May and Aug. through Nov. in the GPSA at Massari Arena. Dates are subject to change if necessary.

 Oct 16 Nov. 20 

GPSA Banquet

What:   Annual  Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
When:  Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (7 p.m.)
Where: Fortino Ballroom, Pueblo Community College

Application Deadline

The deadline for nominations each year is Aug. 1.  Go to the Application Tab above to download and fill out an application today.

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Frank A. "Inky" Pechek

High School: Attended Pueblo Central H.S. in 1928

Semi-Pro Ball: Played Semi-Pro for the second Walter's Brewery Team at Eiler's baseball field as a shortstop.

Boxing Achievements: Spent 11 years in Bantamweight division (1929-40)...Was the Colorado Champion in the flyweight and lightweight division...Pueblo Amateur Champion (1929-31)...A.A.U. Tri-State (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico) Champion in 1931...Turned professional in 1923 and recorded 21 wins (eight by knock-out)...Won the Professional Bantamweight Championship...Lost a bout to Jimmy Cordova at the Denver Olympic Club on 26th and Curtis...They had a rematch and “Inky” won...Knocked Cordova down in first two rounds...Invited to the Lightweight National championship of the USA, held in Los Angeles, CA but couldn't afford to go.

Contributions: Put in 28 years of service to United States Army(1940-67)...Survivor to the Bataan Death March...Prisoner of war World War II (by Japanese) for 40 Months..."Inky" never showed anger toward the Japanese...Paid off mortgage of parents home after being released from Fitzsimmons Army Hospital...With money he received from salary during time as a POW and the War Crimes reparation paid by the Japanese Government...Also worked as an Army Recruiter...Re-enlisted and offered to go to Vietnam...Lived in the family home until his death...Buried at Arlington National Cemetery...Pechek had a feature story on him in National Geographic Magazine, June 2007...Received many medal commendations including the Purple Hearts.

Personal: Passed away on Sept. 12, 1987... Inducted posthumously into the GPSA Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

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