Bob Viggiano – Camden
Journalist – Camden Catholic HS
Bob was born in Camden and graduated from Camden Catholic HS in 1954. He then attended Mt. Saint Mary’s College where he graduated in 1958. Bob then served in the US Army for two years.
Bob began working as a sports writer for the Courier-Post Newspaper in 1963. Over 40+ years he has been deeply involved covering multiple sports, but his primary focus has been high school baseball, basketball and football. He has covered hundreds of events in these sports and has done dozens of feature stories on the athletes competing in them. He has been actively involved in selecting the annual All-Star teams and also in selecting the All-Century Teams for the Courier -Post. He covered numerous state championship games, especially in baseball and basketball.
For several years, Bob took over for Hall of Fame writer Doug Frambes doing a feature article “Pages From the Past”. In those articles, he wrote about some of the most outstanding area baseball players of the past.
Several years ago, Bob took it upon himself to research the history of all sports throughout the state and developed a library of all conference sectional and state championships for every school in South Jersey. He maintains this library and constantly updates it as needed. In baseball, he has every conference and sectional champion from the very beginning. This became a valuable tool for fellow Courier sports writers and to area high schools looking to formulate a history of its team competitions over time. He also maintains a comprehensive history of local independent leagues covering more than 40 years.
In 1980, Bob became one of the original members of the Hall-of-Fame Selection Committee for the Al Carino Basketball Club of South Jersey. He remains a member and develops the biographies of inductees. In 1995, Bob received the President’s Award for his long service to this Selection Committee. In 1996, he was inducted into the Al Carino Basketball Hall of Fame as a significant contributor to the sport.
In 2001, the South Jersey Coaches Association honored Bob with a Special Recognition Award for his contribution to local high school sports.