Sunday, October 24, 2010
Bob had a short stint in the majors spanning four slightly active years between the Red Sox (1972), Astros (1973-74) and Mets (1975). It looks like 1974 was his most active year, with 102 games played. Most of those games were as late inning defensive replacements. Bob only had 87 at bats in those 102 games. Bob was traded to the Giants in March of 1976, but by the looks of it, he never set foot on the field with the Giants.
Cartoon: Bob's grandfather was active in the majors? He had a 16 year career between the White Sox and Red Sox. Pretty dang active if you ask me. And he got a ring with the 1917 Pale Hose. Although he had a long career, he wasn't a superstar. In 16 seasons he hit .264 with only 22 homers. See Shano Collins' career stats here. He was a 1B-OF, just like his grandson.
Ballpark background: Bob was definitely hitting rocks against the backside of a stable in Boone Co., Arkansas. Arkansas isn't far from Houston, if you take the train. Looks like he had a real bat. Carved from some ol' hickory tree, no doubt. I'm going to give this shot of downtown Manhattan the "spring training" label, despite not knowing if this was from spring training.