ROBERT RATHBUN (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) The name Rathbun is synonymous with softball in Dutchess County, as Bob's father was one of the great players in the area, before Bob carried the name to greater heights. A lifetime .310 batting average, on the Major Fast Pitch level, Bob has played for such teams as: The Poughkeepsie Little Brauhaus Brewers, Gallagher's Shell, and Solomon's Sports of New Jersey. He led the Brewer's teams in home runs, extra base hits, slugging percentage and battling average many years. Bob competed against the best Major Fast Pitch Teams in the country from 1971 thru 1982, in the Eastern Seaboard League, Major Fast Pitch Tournaments and independent scheduling. He has competed in 10 State, 13 Regional and 6 National Fast Pitch Tournaments, and his teams have won 8 State and 5 Regional Tournaments. He played on two Brewer Teams which finished 2nd runner-up in the National Tournaments and many others which finished in the top ten in the country. In 1977, Bob was the Batting Champion in the Allentown tournaments. In 1978, Bob was the St. Catherine's Canada Batting Champion and was named to the St. Catherine's All Star Team. He was nominated in 1978 for a tryout for the US Pan Am Team. He was the Poughkeepsie Elks Club Male Fast Pitch Player of the year in 1979. In 1980, Bob was the New York State Tournament Batting Champion and also the Tournament Most Valuable Player.
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