Paul Chenger

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Paul Chenger
Baseball • Coatesville

Paul Chenger began his illustrious baseball career as a youngster on the playing fields of Coatesville. While in high school Paul was an outstanding three sport athlete. Baseball however was his passion. His sport of baseball became legendary, compiling a 17-5 record in his senior year and pitching a near no hitter in his last high school game –against Downingtown he struck out the first 14 batters, striking out 21 of 26 batters in this nine inning game.Paul attended West Chester University and as a freshman played three sports. After some great baseball statistics in college after his sophomore year, he signed with the Milwaukee Braves organization and played professional baseball for the next five years. During his first year with the Braves, Paul won 19 of his first 20 games; he roomed with Phil Niekro and played with Elrod Hendricks. In his last game with the Braves, he pitched in the championship game of the Carolina League. He was named MVP of the Nebraska State League in 1959 and in 1960 was selected the Topps Player of the Month in the Northern League. In 1964, with his baseball days behind him, Paul returned to Coatesville, where he taught Health and Physical Education at Scott High School. That same year he was appointed assistant baseball coach. The following year he became head coach. Paul’s team accumulated a record of 104 wins-22 losses. With his leadership qualities Paul became the assistant Principal at Coatesville Area Senior High School and in 1981 he became the Principal at the High School until he retired in 1996 .He was President of the Chest-Mont League. Paul was also an outstanding and respected PIAA Baseball Umpire and Basketball Referee. In 1968 Paul played in the National Amateur World Series. He was inducted into the West Chester University Baseball Hall of Fame -1991 and also the Coatesville Area Senior High School Athletic Hall of Fame-2001. Paul resides in Downingtown where he and his wife Carmella, who passed in 1995, raised four wonderful children Mark, Robin (John), Beth, and Brian (Lauren).

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