Robert Scherl, a graduating senior at The Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York,
announced recently that he has committed to play baseball at The University of
Chicago in Illinois, where he will be enrolling this Fall as an incoming
UChicago athletic teams, including its baseball team,
compete in the NCAA’s Division III.
At the same time, Scherl also
announced that he was named to the 16-man roster for Team USA which will be
competing this summer in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Robert Scherl was
born in New York City and raised in Chappaqua, New York, from 1995 through
He moved with his family to Ridgefield, Connecticut, in
In 1999, Scherl was diagnosed with acute advanced stage Legg
Perthes Disease. When first examined, the local physician told Robert’s parents
that he should focus his interests on music, art and computers because he would
never play sports, as he would require immediate surgery and require leg braces
for several years, both of which would leave him with a permanent limp and
unable to participate in competitive sports.
is a childhood condition that affects the hip. It afflicts approximately 1 in
1200 children, predominately boys between the ages of four and eight.
thighbone and pelvis meet in a ball-and-socket joint. Legg- Calve-Perthes occurs
when blood supply is temporarily interrupted to the ball part of the joint. That
part of the bone then breaks more easily and heals poorly, causing limps and
Despite considerable research, the cause of the
condition is not known.
At age five, Scherl started a regimen of physical
therapy two times a week, and did so for three consecutive years. In 2002,
Scherl underwent the first of four major surgeries on his effected hip, a
six-hour dual osteotomy. He was supposed to be in a wheelchair for four to six
weeks following the first hip surgery, but put his wheelchair and crutches aside
after only six weeks in order to return to baseball.
In 2003, Scherl
underwent hip surgery number two to remove the hardware from the 2002 surgery,
remove a scar adhesion and to address a jagged bone growth.
third surgery was in 2007, during which a broken pin was removed from his
In 2010, during his varsity football season at Hackley, Scherl
underwent an unrelated arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscuses in both of
Finally, in 2012, Scherl underwent his fourth and final hip
related surgery, a trochantic osteotomy, a reshaping the femoral head and
acetabulum, and a laberal repair.
Despite the initial medical diagnosis
in 1999, Scherl played competitive football, basketball and baseball throughout
the years (playing both varsity baseball and football at the high school
He also enjoys many other recreational sports, including golf and
Scherl was one of two freshman who played on the JV baseball team
at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, NY (prior to transferring to
Scherl was a three year varsity baseball player at Hackley. He
finished his senior (2013) season with a batting average of .333 and an on base
percentage of .407.
He played two Summers, 2011 and 2012, in the IMG Wood
Bat League in Bradenton, Florida and was named to the prestigious “Coaches List”
Scherl stated that “I am very honored to have been
recruited to play baseball at one of the world’s most prestigious
UChicago is a dream come true for any student athlete: an
opportunity to receive a world class education at an amazing institution while
playing the game that I love at a University with a storied history in college
athletics. I feel truly blessed.”
Scherl continued by saying that “I am
equally excited to be able to wear my country’s uniform this summer in Israel,
as I compete for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games.
“I consider this
opportunity both an exceptional honor and a unique experience. I am very
grateful for both opportunities, and I am very appreciative of all those who
have helped me realize these dreams, including my coaches, teachers, and, of
course, my Parents!”
The Maccabiah Games – held every four years – are the
world’s thirdlargest sporting event, behind the Summer Olympics and the World
University Games. This year will mark the 19th edition of the Maccabiah, which
will be held in Israel from July 17-30 with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for
For more information, please visit www.maccabiah.com