Legendary racquetball player and Team HEAD member Sudsy Monchik has been inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame.
Sudsy joins 90 other famous athletes that hail from the New York borough. He is now enshrined among the likes of 1912 Olympic medalist Abel Kiviat, Gloria Cordes Elliott - the female baseball player who provided the inspiration for “A League of Their Own” -and the man who hit one of baseball’s most famous homeruns: Bobby Thomson.
Sudsy started hitting the racquetball at a young age. On his way to becoming one of the greatest players in junior racquetball history, the Staten Island native captured national singles and doubles titles in every age group from ages 8 to 18.
After winning his last junior national title in 1993, Sudsy joined the International Racquetball Tour (IRT) and made his impact on the sport immediately known by winning the 1993-1994 season ending event.
Compared by sports reporters as the Gale Sayers or Sandy Koufax of racquetball, Sudsy Monchik is simply recognized among the sport’s greats. From 1996 – 2001, Monchik ended the season as the world’s top ranked player five times. His professional career amassed 36 IRT Tournament titles, including four U.S. Open Championships. In addition, Sudsy was a double-gold medalist at the 1995 Pan Am Games and four-time Olympic Festival gold medalist.
Although doctors found a congenital spine condition in 2007 Sudsy still is serving up bagels, just not on the racquetball court. He opened the first “Sudsy’s Bagels” in the same neighborhood where the racquetball champion first learned how to play the game and this month a second location opens up.