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Wilber "Wib" Estermyer

Baseball ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

When one considers the glorious baseball history of Beaver Falls in the 1950s, Wib Estermyer immediately comes to mind. Wib was an outstanding player at Beaver Falls High School and was named to the section All Star team his senior year in 1952. During the summers of 1951 and 1952, he played for the Beaver Falls junior legion team. In 1951, he was named to the Beaver-Lawrence County junior league All Star team and repeated that honor in 1952, also being named to the Pennsylvania All Star team. That year, in a game between the Beaver-Lawrence All Stars and the Allegheny County-Pittsburgh All Stars, Wib was named team MVP and voted the outstanding player of the game. He even found time to play for Murphil’s of the Beaver Falls City League from 1950 to 1952 and then in the Beaver County League the next two years for the College Hill Wolverines and the West Mayfield Vets. In 1955, Wib played for Melbourne (FL) in the Professional Rookie League. Later that year, he played for Jamestown (NY) and the next season returned to Florida to play for Panama City. He entered the Army in 1957 and continued his baseball career in Kaiserslautern, West Germany. While leading the league with a .426 batting average, Wib was selected Most Valuable Player and named to the All Star team. That same year, he was chosen from among one million soldiers to represent the Army as “Mr Average American GI”, which helped him get bit parts in two films: “The Big Leaguer” with Edward G Robinson and “GI Blues” with Elvis Presley. An outstanding golfer, as well, Wib assisted in giving numerous baseball clinics and served on the Blackhawk Recreational Board and coached both Little League and Legion baseball in Blackhawk.