This is the fifth in a series of articles on the inductees into the C.A.S.H. Sports Hall of Fame for 2008. The banquet will be held on October 18th at the Coatesville Country Club. Tickets are available at the Coatesville Flower shop.Bob Urbine was a 2-sport star at Coatesville High School. He was a 2-year starter on the basketball team and co-captain in his senior year. That season, 1970-71, the Raiders defeated Henderson 3 straight times to win the Ches-Mont League. Bob scored 28 points at Albright in the game that clinched the second half title.
He was named to the All Ches-Mont first team.
Coatesville then upset Chester at the Palestra in the District semis, only to lose to Norristown in the District Championship game. Bob received the senior award as the outstanding member of the basketball team.
However, it is in baseball that he will be inducted into the C.A.S.H. Sports Hall of Fame. Bob was a 3-year starter for Coach Paul Chenger and was first team all-league shortstop in each season. He led the Raiders in hitting as a junior and senior, batting over.400 both years. Bob was the recipient of the "Spike" Atkinson Award presented to the outstanding player on the baseball team.
He started his baseball career in the Coatesville Little League and led that team to its only appearance in the State finals. Bob played 2 years in the Babe Ruth League, batting.561 the second year.
He joined Gene Patton's American Legion team at age 15 and helped that squad to 3 straight County Titles, 2 Eastern Pa. championships and second place in the state finals.
After high school, Bob was a 4-year starter for the University of Delaware. In his senior season, he batted.350 which included a 6 for 7 performance in a double-header.
Coach Bob Hanna, who had a 19-year career as head coach, named Bob Urbine to his all-time Delaware University team.
Bob resides in Coatesville and has been employed at Lukens, now Arcelor-Mittal, for 30 years. He is married to the former Valerie Patton and is the father of 2 children.
On October 18th, Bob will join his father-in-law, Gene Patton, as a very deserving member of the C.A.S.H. Sports Hall of Fame.