Kings and Queens of Baseballtown
Dick Ludy, 2011
Dick Ludy guided Boyertown Legion baseball to the 1982 Legion World Series championship. Ludy is a native of Boyertown, PA, and is a graduate of Boyertown High School, where he was the baseball MVP as a senior in 1953. A product of West Chester State, where he was a pitcher, Ludy posted an impressive mark as the head coach of Boyertown Legion baseball from 1971-1985. He directed the Bears to an overall record of 630-112, including a 313-29 Berks League mark and league winning streaks of 74 and 56 games, which ranked the Bears among the best teams in the nation.
In 1971 — his first year at the helm, Ludy guided Boyertown to a 30-5 mark – leading the club to its second state tourney crown. In 1982, perhaps his finest season as manager, Ludy led the Bears to a Legion World Series championship. Under his watch, Boyertown Legion baseball won 14 league titles, 12 state-regional titles, a record nine state titles, four Mid-Atlantic Regional titles, and the Legion World Series in 1982. His teams finished second in the nation twice (1980 and 1983), and more than 70 of his players went on to play baseball in college, with eight signing professional baseball contracts.
Among some of his other accomplishments, Ludy compiled a 248-12 mark while head baseball coach of Boyertown High School (1974-85), he was the coach of the gold-medal East team at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival (1981), and was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (Berks County Chapter) along with 2010 King of Baseballtown, Carl Mathias, in 1991.