Conrad “Babe” Lederer used to spend his summers playing baseball with his high school friends at the “Ellipse” in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. Adopting the nickname “Babe” from those friends because of his
innate ability to hit home runs like Babe Ruth, “Babe” Lederer is
achieving something that most of us can only ever hope for –
celebrating a century of birthdays.
Born on Tuesday, May 18th, 1915, Lederer has lived through periods of 17 different presidencies, 18 recessions/depressions, nine Major League Baseball commissioners, and two world wars.
Drafted in 1945, Lederer served in World War II for 10 months and 10 days as a Navy Seaman 1st Class. His two brothers also served in the military as well.
According to his son, Bill Lederer, “Babe” has been a blood donor for over 50 years and worked for Seal Test Dairy as a milkman for 50 years.
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs would like to join the Lederer family in wishing “Babe” a happy 100th birthday, and the team will be honoring the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home resident with an in-game acknowledgment at tonight’s Military Appreciation game.
Come help us celebrate! First pitch is at 7:05pm with gates opening at 6:00pm tonight – active and retired military members and their families receive FREE admission at the box office!