Year Inducted – 1995

Bob becomes the 13th honoree who made it all the way to the big leagues. While at Barberton High School he received 12 letters and led the baseball team in every offensive category. That feat led to a professional contract with the New York Yankees and a professional career that would last more than 12 years with time out for WWII service in Guam and China with the Marine Corps. He spent the baseball seasons playing with such teams as the Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Brooklyn Dodgers and finally with the Pittsburgh Pirates. While in the American Association he won the batting title with a .323 average in 1950. His lifetime batting average was .304 and in 1951 his .333 average as a pinch-hitter led the National League in that category. In the winter months he attended Kent State University, where he received his B.A. and Masters degrees in education. Following his baseball career he taught and coached baseball at Euclid High School. His teams won 12 League championships and 402 games under his tutelage. He retired from the Euclid Public School System after 27 years of dedication to the young people of that city, as Athletic Director of the system. In 1972 he was inducted into the Summit County Hall of Fame.