Until I found these two pro-football yearbooks, I’d never heard of the Central States Football League or CSFL — and I come from real football country; Wisconsin, home of the Green Bay Packers!
I still don’t know much about the league… Seems to have started around 1961 and ended about 1975. If you have any information, please share it in the comments.
Below are a bunch of scans from the 1972 yearbook or program for the West Allis, Wisconsin, team the Spartans. (Because there are so many scans, I’ll be sharing the other vintage football yearbook in a separate post.) I’ve concentrated on the player photos and bios, team and league stats, coaches and staff, etc., but I couldn’t resist tossing in a few of the local ads too. If you’d like to post or share these scans, please credit them with a link to this post — thank you!
1972 Pro-Football Yearbook for the West Allis Spartans
The Central States Football League In Brief, by Jordan Kopac, General Manager
Dan Celoni and Tony Catarozoli
Tom McKinney and Robert Daley
Jim Traskell and Marvin Waters
Vaughn Chattman and Greg Lehman
Ted Dyrnda and Rick Kujawa
Randy Letsch and Mike Heckel
Errol Barnett and Benjamin De Leon
Bob Lowery and Richard Joy
Al Charnish, Greg Braun, Gary Zauner and Michael Dressler
John Hammer, Willie Dixon, Paul Lathrop and Ron Bruce
John Lisinski, Fran Charland, Michael Chowaniec and Mike Gallo
Pete Bock and Ed Carufel
Jim Glembin, Gary Bosack, George Grbich and Terry Fredenberg
Rick Palmtag and Chris Spolum
1972 Spartan team “rooster,” err, roster.
1972 West Allis Spartan team photo.
1972 Central States Football League Schedule
Coaches and Staff: Harry Gilbert, Head Coach; Ed Bolch, Backs & Receivers; Al Tratalli, Line Coach; Joe Bukant, Consulting Coach; Jordan Kopac, Defensive Coach & General Manager; Grayle Balkman, Head Trainer, with assistant Ralph Morbeck; Ed Kozak, Assistant Equipment Manager; Frank Kopac, Equipment Manager; Clifford Street, Water Boy; George Gjuran, Ball Boy.
“1972 A Whole New Ball Game” Allis-Chalmers Ad
Fair Finance Corp. ad (with photos of Don J. Ripp and Sally E. McNamara) and photo of the Spartanettes cheerleaders.
Photo of team mascot on horseback: “The West Allis Spartan Pauses To Watch The Action.”
CSFL League Stats
Candid photo of All-pro Tom McKinney and Rich Kujawa with equipment.
Photo of the official play by play anchorman for the Spartans, Hal Walker of WISN.
Game-action photo with caption: “Spartans Fans will never forget the great running ability of Ron Ternouth, retired this year because of injuries.”
Full -page ad for Ira Fistell and Ted Moore of WEMP radio.
Reminder ad for season tickets and the big Madison game at Marquette Stadium.
Again, if you wish to post or share these images, please credit by linking to this post.
A Word From The Spartans’ Chairman Of The Board, Milton Mendelsohn, and a list of the members of West Allis Spartans, Inc.