Edwin Lawrence

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Edwin W. Lawrence
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Edwin W. Lawrence, “Easy Eddie” as he was called as a local high school pitching Legend here in Chester County. Local Folklore had “Easy Eddie” striking out 127 batters in 69 innings his senior year at T.E. High School (now Conestoga). One of the most famous high school baseball games in Chester County saw Ed Lawrence outduel Paul Chenger 1-0 in 10 innings, with Ed striking out 16 and Paul striking out 15. He went on to pitch for Glenn Killinger at West Chester State, amassing great feats before being drafted by the Milwaukee Braves organization where he pitched for 3 years. Upon his return he pitched in the Delaware Semi-Pro League compiling 122 games -105 starts -69 complete games, for a record 78 wins-23 losses, then a League Record. He also had many more victories in the West Chester Adult League and many other semi-pro leagues. Chester County Hall of Famer Chic Chiccino was Eddie’s catcher in high school. Ed Lawrence was also a respected and outstanding PIAA Basketball Referee, working many big Championship games. Ed may be most famous as an Outstanding Administrator, smart enough to hire a young John Chaney and C. Vivian Stringer, who brought 4 Final Fours to Cheyney State, where Ed was Athletic Director for 15 years. He also hired Chester County Hall of Famer Billy Joe as his Football coach. He was Vice –President of the NCAA-Division II 1980-83.President of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference and on the ECAC Finance committee. Ed Lawrence was Executive Director of Major League Umpire Development Program 1988-1998, re-organizing the entire minor league umpiring system, improving education, benefits, salary and evaluations for all minor league umpires. He was on the All-East American Legion team, Jr. Legion State Final Team. He was inducted to the West Chester University Baseball Hall of Fame-1990, Cheyney University Athletic Hall of Fame- 1990, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame-1993, and Sturzebecker Hall of Fame West Chester University-2005. He also served on the Board of Directors of Paoli Hospital and the Chester County Heart Association. Ed and his wife Jackie have been married fifty-five years. They are the proud parents of four very fine adults, Roslyn, Tracey, Lisa, and Edwin Jr., who all now reside in the St. Petersburg, Florida area near their parents.

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