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Robert Somerville Alexander

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Pitcher Bob Alexander was born in Canada and was a student at Bethany College in West Virginia when he was signed by the New York Yankees in 1942. He spent his first season with the Butler Yankees of the Class D Pennsylvania State Association and the Amsterdam Rugmakers in the Class C Canadian-American League. In 1943 he pitched for the Wellsville Yankees in the Class D PONY League. In 1944, he pitched for Wellsville, the Hagerstown Owls of the Class B Interstate League, and the Norfolk Tars of the Class B Piedmont League before going into the Navy on September 6, 1944 in Buffalo, New York.

He was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Memphis, Tennessee, Navy Pre Flight School at St. Mary's College of California, at the Naval Air Station in Ottumwa, Iowa, and received flight training at the Naval Air Stations in Norman, Oklahoma, and Corpus Christi, Texas. He was discharged on May 3, 1946 at Lido Beach, Long Island, NY, as an Aviation Cadet, Seaman second class.

Alexander returned to baseball and spent the 1946 season with the Norfolk Tars again and with the Binghamton Triplets of the Class A Eastern League. In subsequent years, Alexander pitched for the Denver Bears in the Class A Western League, Beaumont in the Class AA Texas League, the Louisville Colonels in the Class AAA American Association, the Montreal Royals in the Class AAA International League, and the Oakland Oaks in the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. Though he went to spring training with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1952 it was not until April 11, 1955, when he was 32, that he made his major league debut with the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched in 4 games for the Orioles, went back to the Portland Beavers, and in 1957 appeared in 5 games for the Cleveland Indians. He later spent time in Nippon Pro Baseball.

He primarily wore number 37.

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