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Charles Gelbert

Baseball (Inducted: 1976-77)

Charles  Gelbert

Charles Gelbert's success story began when he was an All-American baseball player at Lebanon Valley College. Later he was a World Series star for the "Gas House Gang" St. Louis Cardinals, and for more than two decades was head baseball coach at Lafayette.

His 307 victories and 172 losses in 21 seasons is one of the finest coaching records in Lafayette history. Eight of his teams played in the NCAA District II playoffs with five (1948, `53, '54, `58, '65) winning the title. No other college has earned as many District II (Mid- Atlantic Region) titles. All five teams played in the College World Series. Gelbert produced seven All- America baseball players during his coaching career and was named District II coach of the year in 1966. That same year he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame. In 1968, he was posthumously elected to the American Association of Collegiate Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.