Year Inducted – 1996
Bob began playing in the Tallmadge Little League at age 10. At age 12 his team of District All-Stars were the district’s runner-up. At age 15 his team was runner-up in the state tournament. Each year of his Little League play, his teams were involved in championship play. At Tallmadge High School he won four baseball letters and he won All-Metro honors in 1972 and 1973. Also in 1973 he was All-District, MVP and won the first Joe Winkler Award given to a high school player. He played for New York “NYACK” College. Bob spent four years in Akron AA League, helping Acme Ash and Akron Insulating teams win three championships. He was selected on four All-Star teams. He was an outstanding catcher and in 1975 he threw out 19 of 23 base stealing attempts and batted .397. In his four years of AA play, he had a lifetime average of .360. He received “Free Agent” tryouts with the Kansas City Royals, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. An injury cut short his playing days. In 1984-85 he began coaching in the Tallmadge Class EE League with great success. Bob has been head baseball coach at Akron’s North High School since 1994. His 1995 North High Vikings won the City Series Championship. He is truly dedicated to Akron baseball.