Marshall "Rock" Waldo
Marshall Waldo began playing softball when he
was eleven. He credits his mentor, the late school
instructor / supervisor, Dick Lubera, for his success.
Lubera spent hours on end teaching Marshall and
other neighborhood kids the fundamental parts of
the game. He played baseball at Amundsen / Mayfair
Junior College and at the Navy Pier Campus of the
University of Illinois.
Marshall Waldo's career playing "major" softball
began with the Jesters at Clarendon Park in the late
1960s. They were a sub-500 team but competed in a
strong league that featured such legendary teams as
the Bobcats, Sobies, Stompers, Lyons 45s, Dwarfs,
Shooters, Murderer's Row, and the Gaffers. They
disbanded after two years and Marshall then joined the
Dwarfs. He stayed with them when they became the
Amalgamonsters. Neither team won a world series title
but did place second, third, and fourth thanks to the
Bobcats and Strikers. They did win many tournaments
and league championships at Clarendon and Kelly
Parks, the top leagues on the North and South sides.
While with the Dwarfs and Amalgamonsters, he
played with numerous Hall of Fame players. On teams
with that many power hitters and with his great speed,
the left-handed hitter batted either leadoff or second.
He could consistently hit between the shortstop and
short center fielder and between the short center and
second baseman. Fielders were rarely able to throw
him out, and he often stretched singles into doubles.
He was one of the better "on-base" hitters with an
average close to .600. He made numerous all–star
teams. Defensively, he played left and center fields.
He retired from softball in 1979. He started
playing racquetball in 1977 and soon became an
accomplished player, winning numerous tournaments
and many state, regional, and national titles. He was a
nationally ranked player and was named Player of the
Year by the Illinois Racquetball Association in 1989,
the first male player in Illinois to receive that honor.
He is in the Illinois Racquetball Hall of Fame.
He has two children – Kimberly (Steve) Ruge and
Bryan (Jennifer) Waldo and five grandsons: Dylan,
Drew, Jackson, Jake, and Ryley. He lives on Chicago's