Ed Stafford May 5th, 2010
Would you believe that a Classical graduate played on not one but two World Series Championship ball teams? Well itâ€™s true. Robert Dreyer, Class of 1938 holds that distinction.
Bob has a love of playing ball that dates back to his early years playing sandlot ball in his neighborhood and at the summer YMCA Camp Rotary. Bob displayed his baseball talent at Classical as a hard throwing pitcher and right fielder on the Rams 1936, 37, and 38 baseball teams. During the non-baseball seasons, you would find Bob on the sidelines as a Classical cheerleader. By the end of his time at Classical, he rose to the position of Head Cheerleader. Following graduation from Classical, Bob unsuccessfully tried out as a picture for the Red Sox in 1941.
Bob continued his love affair with baseball after being drafted into the Army Air force in March of 1941 were he became an Air Traffic Controller serving at many Army Airbases throughout the States – â€œI played ball and directed airway traffic at all the stops along the wayâ€. Following his discharge from the Army Air Corps in Dec. 1945, Bobâ€™s involvement with playing ball got lost along the way, or so it seemed, when several years passed before he found his way back to the diamond.
Then in 1986, following his retirement, Bob and his wife Nancy moved to North Fort Myers, Fl. where Bob rekindled his love of â€œplaying ballâ€. In 1988 at the age of 68 he tried out for the Lake Fairways seasonal softball league for those over 55 and made the team. By 2002 his softball career had brought him to the Fort Meyers Over 80â€™s Softball League. In 2002 and 2003 his team qualified and won back to back championships in the 80 Plus World Series Softball Tournament in Des Monies, Iowa. Sad to say that Bobâ€™s outstanding softball career was suddenly ended by a serious auto accident in2006. He is now ok and is concentrating his efforts in mastering the more gentle game of golf.
Two World Series Championships, not bad for a 89 year old kid who learned his skills on the ball diamonds of Lynn, Ma.