Robert Vincent Chesnes
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
- Debut May 6, 1948
- Final Game September 27, 1950
- Born May 6, 1921 in Oakland, CA USA
- Died May 23, 1979 in Everett, WA USA
The Pittsburgh Pirates paid the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals $100,000 for the contract of Bob Chesnes after the right-hander won 22 games for the Seals in 1947. Originally a shortstop in his early minor league days, he switched to the mound before spending three years in military service during World War II.
In 1946 for the Salt Lake City Bees in the class C Pioneer League he won 18 games and lost only 6 and had a 1.52 ERA. He also appeared in 77 games at the shortstop position, hitting .349 with 81 base hits in 232 at bats. Bob had another great year in 1947, this time with the Seals, winning 22 games and losing only 8 with another super ERA of 2.32. He also played 50 games at the shortstop spot and had 32 base hits in 103 at bats for a .311 average.
As a rookie with the Pirates in 1948 he was the team's top winner at 14-6 with a 3.57 ERA and his .700 winning percentage put him in the 2nd spot in the National League. Chesnes slipped to 7-13 the next year, 1949 with an ERA of 5.88 and was gone from the majors after appearing in just nine games for the Pirates in 1950, finishing with an overall record of 24-22. A switch-hitter, often used as a pinch hitter, Bob hit .256 during his stay.
After leaving Pittsburgh in 1950 he appeared in 8 games for the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association, going 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA. Chesnes finished his pro baseball career with the Hollywood Stars of the PCL in 1951. He appeared in 10 games, winning 2 and losing 2 with a 5.05 ERA. Bob had an overall minor league record of 54 wins, 32 losses and a 4.10 ERA. He also was very respectable with the bat, having 342 base hits in 1186 trips for a .289 average.