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Robert Marcel Fontaine

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 180 lb.

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Pitcher Bob Fontaine was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a 17-year-old in 1941. He spent his first year with the Santa Barbara Saints (going 1-1) and the Olean Oilers (7-9, 4.37). Returning to Olean in 1942, he improved to 14-5 with a 3.29 ERA.

After serving in the Air Force during World War II, he returned to the Montreal Royals in Dodgers organization in 1946, going 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA in 11 appearances and also went 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA for the Mobile Bears. However, that year he injured his arm, ultimately requiring surgery and ending his playing career. He pitched briefly for Montreal in 1947 and 1948, going a combined 0-2. His career record was thus 26-18.

After his playing days ended, Fontaine was hired as a scout by the Dodgers' Branch Rickey. He followed Rickey to the Pittsburgh Pirates and scouted for them through 1968. Fontaine was the San Diego Padres first scouting director, served as the team's General Manager from 1977 to 1980, and then the San Francisco Giants scouting director until 1992. Some of the players he was responsible for scouting include Willie Stargell, Dave Winfield, Ozzie Smith, and Will Clark.

Fontaine died of pneumonia at age 70. His son, Bob Jr., has been Scouting Director for the California Angels and the Seattle Mariners. His grandson, Matthew Thomas, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 41st round of the 2007 amateur draft.


Preceded by
Peter Bavasi
San Diego Padres General Manager
1977-1980
Succeeded by
Jack McKeon

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