Gloucester Catholic HS
Donald J. Pisker, of Clearfield Twp, Pennsylvania graduated from Gloucester Catholic High School with his diploma plus four varsity baseball letters and one for football. In his senior year (1971), under coach Jim Carr, the Rams won the State Parochial B title.
He was named to the All-State Baseball team in 1971, All-South Jersey in ’70 and ’71, and All-Parochial in 1969, ’70 and ’71 as a pitcher-outfielder. He went on to Rider College where in 1975, he was a 13th-round Houston Astros draft pick as an outfielder.
In high school, Pisker compiled batting averages of .355 and .451, drove in 36 runs and hit more than 15 home runs. In his senior year, he led South Jersey in hits, total bases, home runs and slugging average – all using a wood bat.
As a member of Brooklawn Legion Post 72 from 1970 to 72, he helped coach Joe Barth senior, win the 1971 state championship.
He had an impressive seven-year minor league career starting in 1975 and ending in 1981. Along the way, he played in the Rookie League, Class A Midwest League (Dubuque, Iowa), Double-A Southern League (Columbus, Georgia) and Triple-A International League (Syracuse). He retired from playing in 1981 after splitting the season between the Mexican Triple-A League and playing for the Salt Lake City Gulls in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, as a member of the California Angels organization. In 1979, the Astros considered Pisker a top prospect along with Bruce Bochy.
His post-playing career had him coaching in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League for the Quakertown Blazers, hitting coach at Kutztown University, co-founder with Tim Neiman of the Allentown College Baseball School, coaching baseball, football and basketball at Upper Perkiomen High School and very much involved in Little League through American Legion ball in Upper Perkiomen. He and his wife have four sons and a daughter. Son Luke was a 2007 Washington Nationals draft choice.