Robert James Bruce
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 210 lb.
- School Alma College
- High School Highland Park (MI) High School
- Debut September 14, 1959
- Final Game June 24, 1967
- Born May 16, 1933 in Detroit, MI USA
- Died March 15, 2017 in Plano, TX USA
Before the 1953 season Bob Bruce signed as an amateur free agent with the Detroit Tigers. The right-hander was sent to the class D Wausau Timberjacks for seasoning and the young man won 18 and lost 8 with a 3.20 ERA his first year out. 1954 found him with the class B Durham Bulls with a 13-8 record and a 3.42 ERA.
Pretty good figures for a young minor leaguer but it would be 1959 before he got a chance to show his stuff in the major leagues. He first arrived with his hometown Detroit Tigers for a couple of appearances late that season after leading the American Association in strikeouts with 177 for the Charleston Senators.
He was back with Detroit in 1960, going 4-7 in 130 innings and also in 1961 with a 1-2 in 45 innings. On December 1st, Bruce, along with Manny Montejo, was traded to the Houston Colt 45's for Sam Jones.
Bob was part of the Colt 45's and Houston Astros starting rotation for five seasons from 1962 to 1966. He had his best year in 1964, going 15-9 including four shutouts and pitching in the last game at Colt Stadium and in the first game at the Astrodome.
Bruce was again traded, this time along with Dave Nicholson, to the Atlanta Braves for third baseman Eddie Mathews, Arnold Umbach and Sandy Alomar. 1967 would be his last year in baseball, going 2-3 with the Atlanta team and finishing out the season with the AAA Richmond Braves at 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA.
Bruce had 14 active years in pro ball from 1953 through 1967, nine of those years he spent time in the major leagues. He finished with 49 wins and 71 losses, appearing in 219 games, pitching 1,122 innings, giving up 1,146 base hits and 340 base on balls for a major league career 3.85 ERA. While in the minors, Bob's record shows he appeared in 194 games, winning 76 and losing 55, pitching 1,130 innings, allowing 989 base hits and 537 base on balls for a career 3.93 ERA.
As of this writing Bruce makes his residence in San Antonio, TX, where he has been in real estate development and residential sales.
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1964)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1964 & 1965)