Eryk Tatuś, born on July 22, 1914, in Chorzów, became a remarkable goalkeeper despite his modest 167 cm stature. He made his senior team debut at the age of 20 and won the Polish championship four times between 1934 and 1938.
A Frightening Rumor
In 1936, a false rumor of Tatuś’s death spread after a match in Germany. During the game, he broke his rib. The injury was misinterpreted by onlookers and reported to the Polish police, which, at that time, had no way of verifying the given information. The situation escalated to the point where other teams wore black armbands in his honor. The rumor was finally dispelled when Tatuś spoke to journalists over the phone.
Life During the War
The outbreak of World War II disrupted Tatuś’s career. In the years 1939–1941 he played inBismarckhütter Sport Vereinigung established by the occupation authorities. After the end of the war, he played in RKS Łagiewniki in the years 1945–1950, and after the end of his football career, he served as an activist and coordinator of the football section in this club., and post-war, he faced imprisonment on charges of anti-Polish activity. He spent 1,5 years in prison. After his release, Tatuś emigrated to Germany and continued to contribute to the sport. He passed away on April 13, 1985—ironically, the same date as the false death rumor.
While discussing the story, it’s worth considering how Eryk Tatuś overcame difficulties to persist in his football career. Educators and learners could address the following questions: