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Robert Carl Anderson

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Bob Anderson was signed by the Chicago Cubs on July 29, 1954 as an amateur free agent. The 18-year-old pitcher spent his first season with the Cedar Rapids Indians of the Three-I League, getting into 6 games, winning 3 while losing 1 with a 2.93 ERA. The following season he spent with the Des Moines Bruins of the Western League going 11-5 with a 3.74 ERA. Bob spent his third year with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, winning 12 and losing 4, in 70 appearances, with a 2.65 ERA.

At the age of 21 Anderson got his first look at major league hitters with the 1957 Chicago Cubs. He appeared in 8 games, pitched 16 innings, went 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. He also spent time with the Portland Beavers of the PCL that year, winning 4 but losing 9 for a 5.04 ERA. The big right-hander had 3 wins and 3 losses in 17 games, pitched 66 innings and posted a 3.97 ERA for the 1958 Cubs and did a bit better for the 1958 Fort Worth Cats of the AA Texas League winning 9 and losing 6, pitching 127 innings for a 2.83 ERA.

Anderson would spend the next four seasons, 1959 through 1962 with the Cubs major league team, winning 30 games but losing 41 with a 4.38 ERA. Bob started 36 games and pitched 235 innings in 1959 with a 12-13 record and a 4.13 ERA. Anderson pitched his only career complete game shutout that year, on August 24, against the Milwaukee Braves. He gave up 6 hits, walked one and struck out five. This was probably his best winning effort in his major league career. He appeared in 57 games and pitched 204 innings in 1960 and made 57 appearances and pitched 152 innings in 1961. His combined 2-year record was 9 wins and 17 losses. To level out the playing field somewhat, it must be brought up the the man was pitching for a sixth-place team with a record below .500.

Anderson was traded to the Detroit Tigers on November 28, 1962, for Steve Boros. He won 3 and lose 1 for the 1963 Tigers team, appear in 32 games, pitching 60 innings and having a 3.30 ERA. On November 28, 1963, Anderson was traded by the Tigers]along with Rocky Colavito and $50,000 to the Kansas City Athletics for Jerry Lumpe, Ed Rakow and Dave Wickersham.

Big Andy gave it a try with the 1964 Dallas Rangers and the Lewiston Broncs but fell to a combined 7-15 record in 27 games in 147 innings with a 6.47 ERA. 1964 was the end of his eleventh year along the professional baseball trail.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1959 & 1960)

[edit] Sources

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
SABR Minor League Database
baseball-reference.com

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