Edward Lukon of Cherry Valley Road,
R.D. 3, Burgettstown, started his baseball career at the age of 12 when
he played on a sandlot team in the Burgettstown area in 1932.
He played four years of baseball, football and basketball at
Burgettstown High School and in his senior year was a member of the
WPIAL Class B basketball championship team with the Blue Devils losing
the WPIAL baseball title in the last of the ninth inning in a game
played at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.
After graduation, Lukon began to play minor-league baseball with
Valdosta, Ga. in the Florida-Georgia League where he batted .301 and hit
two triples in one inning during one game. He advanced to Knoxville, TN.
of the Southern Association where he played in 1940 and 1941 and hit 25
home runs in one season.
Lukon was acquired by the Cincinnati Reds in 1941 at the age of 21 and
hit his first major league home run as a pinch hitter. He was sold to
the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1948 and soon
retired from baseball after a death in his family.
In his major league career, spent entirely with Cincinnati, Lukon played
in 213 games with 23 home runs and 70 runs batted in.