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Norbert J. (Nobby) Lewandowski

Induction Year: 1996 Sport: Baseball

His athletic career begun at St. John Nepomucene Elementary School in Slavic Village, never ceased to be an influence on his life’s activities. As a player, he not only starred at Benedictine High and Kent State University he worked his way up the Cleveland Baseball Federation ladder from Class F to AAA, becoming, according to on Plain Dealer writer, “the most dominant pitcher in amateur baseball in Ohio during the ‘60’s.” When age and business commitments eventually ended his playing days, they did not end his allegiance to the CBF. He has remained a strong advocate of the City’s sandlot program, serving for many years on the board of the CBF, and raising thousands of dollars for its programs. He has been equally supportive of his high school’s and college’s athletics departments and has received high honors from both.