John H. ReisbergCarpenter, ballplayerJohn H. Reisberg, a...

September 09, 1994

John H. Reisberg

Carpenter, ballplayer

John H. Reisberg, a retired carpenter whose family name is famous in local sandlot baseball circles, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Union Mills. He was 73.

He was a catcher for more than 20 years and played in many Maryland Amateur Baseball Association tournaments while wearing the uniform of Springfield and Spring Grove state hospitals and Seagar's Grill. After retiring from active play in the early 1960s, he coached teams in girls recreational council softball.

The family began its association with amateur baseball in the 1920s when Hugo Reisberg moved from Southwest Baltimore to Wards Chapel in Baltimore County. His sons -- John, Len, Jimmy, Roland, Archie and Marvin -- followed.

"There were games where there were Reisbergs pitching, catching and in the field, all at once," said John Reisberg's son, Wayne Reisberg of Marriottsville.

Today, Reisberg family members are playing or coaching sandlot and recreation council baseball.

Born and reared in Wards Chapel, John Reisberg attended Baltimore County schools. He retired in 1984 after working as a carpenter for Roland Reisberg Custom Builders, a firm owned by a brother.

Services were held yesterday.

Other survivors include his wife, the former Augusta Robinson, whom Mr. Reisberg married in 1968; a son, John M. Reisberg of Union Mills; and two daughters, Joanna F. Dell of Woodstock and Emily Wolf of Silver Run; three sisters, Eleanor Groves and Clarabelle Gries, both of Wards Chapel, and Betty Lou Hush of Everett, Pa.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Carroll County Hospice, 95 Carroll St., Westminster 21157.

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