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1955 Bowman #113 Bob Hall

Robert Lewis Hall

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Bob Hall signed as an amateur free agent with the Detroit Tigers before the 1942 season. The 6' 2" right-hander was assigned to the Winston-Salem Twins of the class B Piedmont League. The 18 year old pitcher would go 0-3 with a 5.44 ERA hs first year out. Hall would spend the next three years (1943-45) serving in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. He reported to the Williamsport Grays of the class A Eastern League in 1946, went 1-4 in six appearances and spent the rest of '46 with the Seattle Rainiers and the Buffalo Bisons with no decisions.

Things would get better for Bob in 1947 after being sent from the Detroit Tigers to Seattle in an unknown transaction. He would improve to 15-7 for the Vancouver Capilanos of the class B Western International League and 1-1 for the Seattle Rainiers of the PCL. Bob would be back with the Seattle club in 1948 winning 7 and losing 11 with a 3.96 ERA and this would prompt Seattle to trade Hall to the Boston Braves for Al Lyons and Tommy Neill for Heinz Becker in late October of 1948. His previous years performance would be good enough to get the 25 year old a shot with the major league Boston Braves in 1949.

Hall would go 6-4 in 1949 with a 4.36 ERA, used mostly as a spot starter and in relief. 1950 was a rough year and Bob went 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA in 21 outings and would be sent back to the minors for 1951 where he was with the Seattle Rainiers (7-8) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2-4) for a 9-12 season with a 3.90 ERA. Hall would be with the Sacramento Solons and the Seattle club again in the 1952 season go 14-11 with a 3.28 ERA and would be drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 1, 1952 in the 1952 Rule V Draft. Bob would spend 1953 with the Pirates, winning only 3 times and losing 12, with a 5.39 ERA in 37 appearances. This would be it for the right-hander in the big leagues and he signed off with a career 9 wins and 18 losses with a 5.40 ERA.

Hall would spend three more years in baseball (1954-56), all in the AAA PCL with several different clubs, winning 23 and losing 39 to run his minor league career totals to 70 wins and 88 losses with a 4.23 ERA. He had spent 12 active seasons in pro baseball (1942-56) and at age 32 he decided to leave the game.

Three decades later in the early 1980's he was still an active participant in old-timer's games in Florida. Bob worked extremely hard at keeping fit and healthy. He was a unique sight among his fellow players at the old-timer events with his 30 inch waist as he neared age 60. Friends dubbed him "body beautiful" and kidded he would probably live forever.

But Hall died tragically on March 12, 1983, at age 59 in St. Petersburg, FL, when an intoxicated driver crashed through a barrier and struck him while he was on his job as a traffic director for a construction company.

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