Dave Townsend – Pennsville
Contributor – 2008
Townsend grew up in Pennsville where he played Little League, Babe Ruth, and was captain of the 1966 Pennsville High team. He was a member of the Pennsville Merchants Salem County League champions in the 60’s, and the 1967 and 1968 Wesley College teams.
His philosophy is to leave it better than it was when he arrived which he has done as a contributor to South Jersey baseball. He coached at Cherry Hill Atlantic Little League where he led the effort to secure and install lights for the field leading to the first night baseball games in Cherry Hill. He coached Arsenal Baseball Club developing young players and took his teams to 3 straight AAU National Baseball Championships. When Cherry Hill East coach Dave Martin lost his assistant due to illness, he asked Townsend to fill in, which he did for 4 years. When Martin retired Townsend led the charge to have the East field named for Martin.
Townsend has served on the Board of Trustees for the South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame as well as secretary and vice president of the Hot Stover’s Baseball Club. He was banquet chairman for 10 years and currently serves as a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee.
Dave’s greatest contribution is the Hall of Fame Museum, which was located at Campbell’s Field until the field’s demolition. He continued the dream of the late Bob Bobo to develop a location to display and preserve memorabilia, photos, stories, and events and preserve the history of South Jersey baseball. Dave serves as curator of the museum. With the memorabilia currently in storage, Townsend is leading the search for a new home for the museum.
Having grown up in Pennsville and lived in Cherry Hill for 30 years, Dave and his wife are retired in Hobe Sound, Florida and spend summers with family in Strathmere, NJ.