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Rudy StadlbergeR

The Olympic Club
Inducted as Player in 1983

By UC Handball Club Tournament Committee, edited by Geoff Capell

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Rudy Stadlberger is one of the six original players to be indicted into the Northern California Handball Association Hall-of-Fame. He is also a member as a contributor for his years of service to handball. Rudy started playing handball in the early 1950's at The Central YMCA in San Francisco.  In 1971 in Memphis he won his first USHA National Masters Singles Championship which was followed up the next year by defending his singles title in Chicago. He did this as a forty-eight year old playing against much younger thirty-nine year olds. Rudy since has won thirteen national championships in both singles and doubles making him a USHA grand master.

 

Over the last fifty years, he has with remarkable consistency placing high in innumerable local and regional tournaments.  In addition to his handball activities Rudy runs and swims in San Francisco Bay.  He has done many double Dipsea runs running over Mt. Tamalpais from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach and back again.  He once ran the Double Dipsea race with a blind man as his guide, a very difficult task indeed.  The sport of handball is lucky to have a player and friend in Rudy Stadlberger.