CLARK – Clark resident Bob Crescenzo was inducted into the Mercy College Athletics Hall of Fame last month.
A 1982 graduate of the Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., school, Crescenzo was an important part of the school’s baseball team.
As a first baseman for the Mercy College Flyers, Crescenzo quickly became key asset in building the Mercy baseball program’s prowess in the early 1980s. A two-year captain, Crescenzo helped Mercy College eclipse the .500 mark for the first time in program history in 1981, with a 18-12-1 finish. He was a part of several big wins against strong Division I and II programs.
He possessed a power-hitting stroke, which also complemented 2006 Mercy Hall of Famer, Jim Schult, to give the Flyers a powerful 1-2 punch. Under the tutelage of 2008 Mercy Hall of Fame inductee and former Mercy College head coach Rick Wolff, Crescenzo recorded a .345 career batting average with eight home runs, 14 doubles, five triples and 70 RBI.
Crescenzo got his start playing baseball on the sandlots of Mount Vernon, N.Y., with the Mount Vernon Travelers club team. He later played high school baseball at Mount Vernon High School and gave up no more than three hits in a game in his entire pitching career. After rehabbing a year-long arm injury, Crescenzo played junior college ball for one year at Westchester Community College. In 1977, he went to Florida to pursue his dream of playing professional baseball.
Crescenzo came to Mercy College in the fall of 1978. In the spring of 1979, Crescenzo batted .416, which ranked him 28th nationally. He had his career-best game against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on April 18, 1979 in Kings Point. N.Y., when he batted 7-for-8 in a double-header with four doubles, two singles, and a home run with eight RBI.
As team captain in 1980, Crescenzo batted .327 and collected 26 RBI. On March 26, 1980, Crescenzo hit the game-winning two-run home run for a 5-3 victory over Pace University. In 1981, his final season with the Flyers, Crescenzo batted .304, with 24 RBI and 26 runs scored.
Crescenzo graduated in 1982 with a B.S. in management. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in childhood education. Still bitten by the baseball bug, he currently owns and manages the U-14 New Jersey Cyclones Baseball Club.
Crescenzo currently resides in Clark with his wife Darla and children Robert, 13, and Michael, 10.
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