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2013 MSBL Honor Roll Inductee: Rob Traub, Berks County Senior Baseball League

By Steve LaMontia, Executive Regional Director

Biographical Information:

Your name: Robert Traub

City or town of residence: Reading, PA

League name: Berks County Senior Baseball League

Town where league is based: Reading, PA

Where did you grow up: Hazleton, PA

High school and college, if applicable:Hazleton High School, The Pennsylvania State University (BA in Political Science), and the University of Dayton School of Law (Juris Doctorate).

What do you do for a living: I am the General Counsel at Quaker Chemical Corporation, a publicly traded, global specialty chemical company located outside Philadelphia, PA.

Family information: Cheryl Traub, wife and daughters Carissa and Erin.

General Questions:

Describe your baseball resume: Played since I was 7. Played Little League, Babe Ruth, Senior Babe Ruth (the American Legion in our area), High School and some in College.

What is your greatest baseball moment, either watching or playing: The Mets winning the 1986 World Series and my team winning the League Championship in our MSBL League in 2011 after many close opportunities the previous 14 years .

When did you start playing for MSBL and how did you hear about it: Heard about it from someone at a local batting cage. Started the next season which was around 1997.

Do you still play: Yes, I still play 1stbase.

What team and age bracket: Reichardt Remodeling Mets in our league which is a 28+ League.

What is the best thing about your league:That we have players who have been in the League, like me and a bunch of others, since we became affiliated with the MSBL many years ago.

What is the funniest thing you have ever witnessed on a ball field: My committing an error at Brighthouse Field in the Fall Classic a few years ago and having the public address announcer make a "blooper noise” over the PA sound system. Then, later in the game having our catcher lose a ball in the sun and the same PA person playing Manfred Mann’s "Blinded by the Light” over the PA system. Best of all, we won that game!

Questions just for fun:

Who is your favorite player of all time and why: Rusty Staub of the Mets. I think because he hit a ton of homers in the 1973 World Series while playing with a bad shoulder that made it impossible to throw the ball back from right field.

Who is the best player in the majors right now: Miguel Cabrera because he just flat out rakes!!

Who is the greatest pitcher of all time and why: Tom Seaver. There is a reason he was called "The Franchise”.

Are there any additional personal comments you wish to add about your playing or life thus far: I have as much fun playing at age 48 as I did when I was in Little League and playing in All-Star games as a 12, 13, 15 year old and later.

Are there any comments about MSBL you wish to share: What a fantastic organization. The memories and friendships that I have because of Steve, Brian and the MSBL team will last a lifetime.

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Mark Reichardt
Rob certainly deserves to be an MSBL Honor Role Inductee. He has played baseball at a high level for many years and continues to do so. He excels both on and off the field, also serving as the president of the Berks County PA MSBL. In addition to his league duties, he organizes and plays on teams that participate in MSBL tournaments, including the annual Fall Classic in Florida. He always maintains a positive attitude and is a true ambassador of the game. I've played baseball with him for many years and look forward to more. Congratulations Rob!
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