Bob Skinner 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates World Champs Autographed Signed OML Baseball COA
~~THIS ONE IS A BEAUTY!!
Great looking single signed baseball by former 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirate...Bob Skinner.
Bob began his career in 1954 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played with the Pirates 1954, 1956-63, Cincinnati Reds 1963-64 and St. Louis Cardinals 1964-66. During his career, he played in 1381 games, and banged out 1198 hits (including 197 doubles, 58 triples and 103 HR’s) in 4318 at bats for a .277 batting average. Bob drew 485 walks, batted in 531 runs and scored 642 runs. He was named to the NL All-Star team in 1958 and 1960, was a member of the 1960 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the 1964 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals and was one of the coaches for the 1979 World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates. Bob signed the sweet spot of this OML baseball with a blue ballpoint pen and he also inscribed underneath his name, "1979 World Champs", to note his affiliation with the great team. He signed the sweet spot of this OML Allan H. Selig baseball on Sunday November 1, 2009.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
Robert Ralph Skinner (born October 3, 1931, La Jolla, California) is a scout for the Houston Astros and a former outfielder-first baseman, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball who has spent over 50 years in the game. He is the father of former MLB catcher and current Cleveland Indians coach Joel Skinner.
Bob Skinner, a left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1954; 1956-63). He spent his last 3½ years as a pinch hitter and backup outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds (1963-64) and St. Louis Cardinals (1964-66). During his best season, 1962 with the Pirates, he batted .302 and hit 20 home runs. Over his 12-year career, he batted .277 with 103 homers. Skinner played for two World Series champions in two tries. Although he hit only .200 for Pittsburgh as a regular during the 1960 World Series, as a pinch hitter for St. Louis during the 1964 World Series, Skinner hit safely in two of three at-bats for a .667 average.
In 1967, Skinner retired from playing and became manager of his hometown team, the San Diego Padres of the AAA Pacific Coast League, the top farm club of the Philadelphia Phillies. He led San Diego to an 85-63 record and the 1967 PCL championship, winning Minor League Manager of the Year honors from The Sporting News. In 1968, he began the year at San Diego but was soon called to the Phillies to replace Gene Mauch as manager with the Phils in fifth place with a record of 27-27. It was a disastrous move for the Phils; under Skinner, the team plunged to eighth place, with a 48-59 record, and when they performed even worse in 1969, at 44-64, and in fifth place in the new NL East Division, Skinner was replaced by his third-base coach, George Myatt. Nonetheless, Skinner's personal responsibility for the Phillies' pathetic performance is much in doubt, as the alleged baseball club sank to even greater depths under Myatt, Frank Lucchesi, Paul Owens and Danny Ozark in the 4 years after his departure, with rosters made up of also-rans whose only competition was between indifference of attitude and inability to hit at even AA levels of proficiency.
He remained in the game through the 1970s and 1980s, however, as a coach for the National League Padres, who came into being in 1969, Pirates, California Angels and Atlanta Braves. He also managed Houston's Tucson Toros PCL franchise from 1989-92 before becoming a Houston scout.
His career record as a manager, including a one-game interim stint with the 1977 Padres, was 93-123 (.431).
In 1976, Skinner was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.
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