At 97, Legendary MLB Player Returns to Pottstown High School to Throw First Pitch   

Image via WFMZ-TV, Jack Reinhard.

A legendary Major League Baseball player headed back to his old stomping grounds in Pottstown at the ripe age of 97 years old.

Bobby Shantz has years of athletic accolades to brag about. He’s played 16 seasons with teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees.  

He was also voted the American League’s Most Valuable Player. In addition to that honorable title, he’s won Gold Glove Awards, made All-Star appearances, and even has a World Series Championship to his name.  

With all these achievements, it’s no question that his hometown would celebrate “Bobby Shantz Day.”

The esteemed MVP threw the first pitch at Pottstown High School in a field named after him.  

“I think it’s wonderful that somebody wants me back,” said Shantz.

Shantz gave autographs and took photos with some of his biggest fans.  

“For the players today, to meet somebody that is part of history, not only part of our school history, but part of baseball history and for kids that are in the realm of baseball, this is a great opportunity for them,” said Pottstown School District Director of Community Relations John Armato. 

Learn more about the legendary baseball player on 69 News.  

Legendary pitcher Bobby Shantz makes an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in 1952.

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