I began my baseball career in the shore town of Margate, New Jersey, where I was fortunate enough to have played on countless championship teams throughout my youth. During my years at Atlantic City High School, I earned 9 Varsity Letters in three sports, including four in baseball as a starting shortstop.
Thirty years later, in November of 1994, I was inducted into the Atlantic City High School Athletic Hall of Fame, representing the first group of athletes recognized in the school’s history.
After playing one season for Atlantic Cape Community College, I was drafted by the Chicago Cubs Organization, where I played shortstop and third base for four seasons. While playing for the Cubs, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University. I would later earn my Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Returning to my hometownri in 1973 I coached the Margate Senior League All Star Team to a New Jersey State title. In 1974 Istarted the Shore Baseball Clinics, teaching the fundamentals of baseball and softball to children in several South Jersey communities for over 40 years.
In 1976, I began my four- year tenure as head coach of The Atlantic Cape Community College Baseball Team. In our first year, the team captured the New Jersey Athletic Conference and Region XIX Championship Titles. I was then selected Region XIX and Garden State Conference Coach of the Year. In 1978 I was selected WOND Radio Station’s Coach of the year, after our team became the 11th-ranked junior college Baseball program in the United States.
In 1983, (a member of the Association of Professional Baseball players of America,) I helped select members of the United States Pan American Games Baseball Team. One ofmyselections, later played on the 1984 United States Olympic Team.
Continuing the tradition, I coached several of my sons’ local championship teams throughout the 1980’s. In 1984, Ireadied my 9-year old son for the Philadelphia Phillies Home Run Derby at Philadelphia’s Veteran’s Stadium, where Bobby Jr. beat out thousands of kids to take home Second Place.This was one of my proudest moments as a coach and a father.
I went on to coach Egg Harbor Township High School in New Jersey to a tri-championship of the Cape Atlantic Division I in 1988. I received the Atlantic County and Atlantic City Press Coach of the Year for Scholastic Baseball,my fifth Coach of the Year Award.
My son Robert, an award- winning filmmaker from New York University and myself created our first baseball and softball instructional DVD, titled “Mom Can You Teach Me How To Hit?" The production was filmed in New York City's Central Park through the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting. We followed it up with the release of “Down Broadway: Pitching and Catching Techniques For The Modern Player”, and are currently in production of our third installment of the series “The Glove”.