Local Baseball Coach Bernie Walter Dies of Cancer at the Age of 78

| February 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

Legendary local baseball coach Bernie Walter died from Leukemia on Friday night. Walter was the longtime coach of Arundel High School in Anne Arundel County, as well as a coach and player with the 19u amateur baseball team that was based at Swann Park in Port Covington.

Walter was the all-time winningest public school baseball coach in Maryland history with a career record of 609-185 during 37 seasons at Arundel. That run included 10 state championships, 14 regional championships, and 16 Anne Arundel County championships.

Walter was inducted into the Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

For 14 years in the 1970s and 1980s, Walter was the head coach of Johnny’s Used Cars, which was the name of the 19u team based at Swann Park during that era. Walter coached Johnny’s to six national titles.

Walter was also part of a committee that got a monument installed at Swann Park in 2019 to commemorate the 19u team that played at the field, now called Al Kaline Field, and the 176 professional baseball players who played there including Hall of Famers Al Kaline and Reggie Jackson. The team had different names over the years starting as Leone’s Boys Club, later becoming Johnny’s Used Cars, and finally Corrigan Insurance before moving to Glen Burnie and becoming the Maryland Orioles.

Walter spoke with SouthBMore.com about the team and field at Swann Park in an interview in 2019.

Walter was also a part of the University of Maryland baseball coaching staff from

Walter is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara Walter, along with daughter Kelly, son-in-law Rudy Llobet, and five grandchildren.

Read more about Walter’s life and career in The Capital Gazette/Baltimore Sun and Varsity Sports Network

Screenshot of a Varsity Sports Network interview with Walter (right), Joe Diblasi on the left 

Monument at Swann Park 

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