Johnny Reder

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Johnny Reder
Personal information
Full name John Anthony Reder
Date of birth (1909-09-24)September 24, 1909
Place of birth Lublin, Poland
Date of death April 12, 1990(1990-04-12) (aged 80)
Place of death Fall River, Massachusetts
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1927–1928 Champion Niagara
1928–1929 Walsh Chevrolet
1929–1931 Fall River Marksmen 61 (0)
1931 New York Yankees 17 (0)
1931 New Bedford Whalers 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Johnny Reder
First baseman / Pitcher
Born: (1909-09-24)September 24, 1909
Lublin, Poland
Died: April 12, 1990(1990-04-12) (aged 80)
Fall River, Massachusetts
debut
1932, for the Boston Red Sox

John Anthony Reder (born Lublin, Poland, September 24, 1909; died Fall River, Massachusetts, April 12, 1990) is a former Polish American sportsman who during the 1930s played soccer with the Fall River Marksmen and the New Bedford Whalers and baseball for the Boston Red Sox. As a soccer goalkeeper he won three American Soccer League titles and two National Challenge Cup titles. In 1935, while playing baseball for the Williamsport Grays, he was voted Most Valuable Player of the New York–Penn League. Together with Moe Drabowsky, Nap Kloza and Henry Peploski, Reder is one of only four Major League Baseball players to be born in Poland.[1]

Soccer career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Lublin, Poland, Reder emigrated to the United States with his family as a youth and settled in Fall River, Massachusetts. Reder initially played as a goalkeeper for several local Fall River amateur teams, including Champion Niagara and Walsh Chevrolet. He helped the latter team reach the quarter-finals of the 1929 National Challenge Cup where they eventually lost 5–1 to Bethlehem Steel. Despite letting in five goals, Reder was noted for his performance.[2][3]

Fall River Marksmen[edit]

As a result of his exploits with Walsh Chevrolet, Reder signed with the Fall River Marksmen in 1929. Together with a team that included Billy Gonsalves, Bert Patenaude, Werner Nilsen and Alex McNab, Reder helped the Marksmen win American Soccer League titles in both the spring and fall seasons. He also helped them win the National Challenge Cup in both 1930 and 1931[4] In the 1930 final, the Marksmen defeated Cleveland Bruell Insurance 9–3 on aggregate in a two-leg final and Reder kept goal in both games. On May 30, 1930 he also played for the Marksmen in a 3–2 defeat against a touring Rangers.[5]

In 1931 when Sam Mark relocated and merged the Marksmen franchise twice, Reder followed the team on both occasions. They first moved to New York City, where they merged with New York Soccer Club and became the New York Yankees. However, before the merger was finalized, the Marksmen had entered the National Challenge Cup. After the move, the new club was unable to re-register for the competition, so they continued to play in the Challenge Cup as the Fall River Marksmen. Reder played in all three games when they beat the Chicago Bricklayers in a final played as a three-game series. At the same time they competed in the Spring 1931 American Soccer League season as the New York Yankees, finishing in third place.[4][6] In the summer of 1931, Reder also played for a Yankees team featuring Billy Gonsalves, Bert Patenaude and George Moorhouse that twice played Celtic in friendlies. On May 30 at Fenway Park the Yankees won 4–3. However, on June 28 at Yankee Stadium, Celtic won the second game 4–1.[7] For the Fall 1931 season the Yankees moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts where they merged with Fall River F.C. to become the New Bedford Whalers. While playing for the Whalers, Reder won a third ASL title.

Baseball[edit]

Before embarking on a career as a soccer goalkeeper, Reder had played as a first baseman for his high school baseball team. With the decline of the American Soccer League, he then switched back to baseball and in 1932 played 17 games for the Boston Red Sox. After making his debut on April 16, he played ten games at first base, one at third, and six as a pinch-hitter. He had a record of 5 hits, 4 runs, 1 double, 3 RBI, 6 walks and 6 strikeouts and played his last game for the Red Sox on June 12. Reder subsequently played for the Hazleton Mountaineers, Reading Red Sox, and Williamsport Grays in the New York–Penn League and for the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League before ending his baseball career at the age of 28. In 1935, while playing for the Grays he was voted Most Valuable Player in the New York–Penn League.[8][9][10][11]

Later years[edit]

Reder subsequently worked as an engineer and served in the United States Navy during World War II, before returning to Fall River, Massachusetts where he died in 1990 from arteriosclerotic heart disease. He was buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Fall River.

Honors[edit]

Soccer

Fall River Marksmen

New Bedford Whalers

Baseball

Williamsport Grays

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baseball Almanac – Major League Baseball players born in Poland
  2. ^ "February 14, 1929 The Globe". Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  3. ^ "February 18, 1929 The Globe". Archived from the original on October 26, 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-09. 
  4. ^ a b U.S. Open Cup at www.rsssf.com Archived 2010-12-24 at WebCite
  5. ^ Rangers tours
  6. ^ American Soccer – 1931
  7. ^ Celtic tour 1931
  8. ^ www.baseball-almanac.com
  9. ^ www.baseball-reference.com
  10. ^ Fall River, Massachusetts, Herald News, Wednesday, April 18, 1990, p. 2, "John Reder played for Red Sox."
  11. ^ www.crosscutters.com