Robert H. Ludwick, Sr.

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Robert H. Ludwick, Sr.
Baseball • Marshalton

Robert H. Ludwick, Sr. of Marshallton was a professional baseball pitcher from 1947-1955. He threw left and batted right, spending eight of his nine seasons in the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league system. His rookie season was the Class B Newport News team of the Piedmont League. From there he spent two plus seasons with the Class B Nashua team in the New England League. It was at Nashua that Bob and his wife Dorothy would be married at home plate.

Bob's best years were with the 1950 Lancaster Red Roses of the Inter State League (16 W – 12 L) and the 1951 and 1952 AA Mobile Bears teams in the Southern Association (14 W – 11 L & 14 W -7L). This earned him a promotion to the Dodgers AAA Montreal Royals of the International League in 1953 and ’54. Among the 1953 and1954 Royals pitchers were Ed Roebuck and Tom Lasorda.

Montreal and the Brooklyn Dodgers were loaded with talent. Bob never made it to Brooklyn and he finished his pro career at the age of 27 with the Washington Senators organization. Before his professional career began, Bob pitched at West Chester High School and in the old Community League in West Chester. He also attended West Chester State Teachers College before turning pro.

Upon his return from the minor league baseball, Bob played and coached in the West Chester Adult Baseball League and later served as League president. He was also a batting practice pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1968-72. While living in Marshallton, Bob spent his non-baseball career working at Wyeth Laboratories in West Chester. Bob was always active in his community. His son, Bob, Jr., and his grandson, Jordan, would continue in his footsteps. Both would play key roles in the development and operation of the West Chester Adult Baseball League.

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