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David Barbera
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Varsity Years Played: 1976, 1977, 1978
Positions Played: Catcher, DH, 1B
Statistics and / or athletic or academic achievements of note:
  • 1st player in Easton High School baseball’s 127 year history to break the elusive .500+ batting average milestone (1978), a record held for 32 years.
  • One of only three players in Easton history to hit .500+ and the only player to do so with over 100 official at bats.
  • Recorded the highest single season hits record of 54 hits (1978)
  • Recorded Easton’s highest career varsity batting average of .444 (1976-1978)
  • Recorded all of Easton’s state tournament RBI (1978)
  • 1st team All Conference catcher (1978)5
  • 1978 Batting Champion (.527)
Fondest memories connected with Easton Baseball: The entire journey of 1978 in our attempt to be state champions (unsuccessfully). Starting with extended rehab after a severe injury playing easton soccer in September 1977-hitting over 3000 baseballs on the batting cage before ever starting spring training, playing with legendary Easton sports figure’s such as: Lendell Jones, Billy Houston, Jeff Miller, Kevin Kreitz, Brian Kostishion, the Renfrews, Jim Kilpatrick, Bobby Weaver (Olympic Gold Medalist), Ron Rohn (legendary college basketball coach 300+ wins), and sharing the sports page with another Easton alumnus- Larry Holmes winning the heavy weight boxing championship of the world -yes- June 1978!

That year 1978 was quite a year in the city of Easton Pennsylvania!

The philosophy defining so much of that year’s success could be summed up "Wwhatevever you do, do it all for the glory of God with intensity and single minded purpose!"

I had the privilege of having been catcher for three out of the top eight all time pitchers at Easton: Jeff Miller, Brian Kostishion , and Jim Kilpatrick.

Other Sports: Varsity Soccer (Left Wing) and Freshman Wrestling

College(s) Attended or Graduated: The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) ROME, NY. USAF -Associate Degree

Attended Mount Olive College, N.C. and Utica College, NY

Work and Residence: After serving 6 years in the U.S. Air Force and continuing to serve 28 years in the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Bethlehem, PA where I also reside with my wife of 37 Years, Debra and family.

Miscellaneous: It would be nice to see a successful state championship campaign be resumed and achieved for the 2017-2018 Red Rovers baseball program!

It will take however, that same philosophy of intensity and single minded purpose and dare I say in this day and age, divine providence!

Dave Barbera - 1978
Dave Barbera - 1978 States
1978 Red Rover Baseball Team
1978 Article - Dave Barbera Catching
1978 Easton Express Article
1978 Easton Express Article from States
Dave Barbera - U.S. Air Force
Dave Barbera and Wife Debra

  • Next Meeting
    Wednesday, January 16th
    EAHS, Room C111
    7pm
  • Next Meeting
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    EAHS, Room C111
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