Robert “Bob” Ryder
Bob Ryder, born and raised in New Rochelle, began playing baseball in 1963 as a Little Leaguer. He quickly became a star on the UFFA Eagles being selected to two All-Star teams. Moving on to the Pony League, under Coach Herb Finkel, Ryder led his team to three championships and an undefeated season.
In 1969 Bob Ryder joined the IEYMS baseball team as a starting pitcher and shortstop. Upon entering New Rochelle High School, he made the varsity team in his sophomore year posting a 6-2 record and was selected All-League. Recognized as an outstanding player, Ryder was selected to both all-League three consecutive seasons and All-County in his senior year (1973). He also played on the JV and varsity basketball team for two years. In addition to playing high school baseball, Bob played for the New Rochelle Robins under Coach Dick Caswell for ten years. He was the youngest ever to play for the Robins and was named by Caswell as his all time best 3rd baseman.
At age 24, Ryder was recruited by Rick Woolf at Mercy College on a baseball scholarship. During his career at Mercy, both as a pitcher and middle infielder, Bob had a .361 batting average and hit 17 homeruns while driving in 76. He was selected to the NCAA Division ll College All-Star team twice.
Bob Ryder not only excelled at baseball, he was an acclaimed softball player. He is best known locally for playing on the Kings, a team that won 16 city championships over 21 seasons. Bob also played in Yonkers, White Plains and Mt. Vernon lead his teams to another 14 city championships. Additionally, he played in national tournaments with Christy’s, Bank of NY, Corner Distributors and Westchester Police/Fire League winning over 100 tournaments in 25 years.
Bob Ryder has devoted his entire life to this city. He served 34 years in New Rochelle Fire Department. He volunteered in the Boy’s and Girl’s Club for over 20 years and was instrumental in raising funds to improve the gym. Bob coached little league for six years and led his team to a city championship. He has sponsored teams for 20 years. It is an extreme honor to induct this talented athlete and giving person into the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame.