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Robert William Gillespie (Bunch)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 187 lb.

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Bob Gillespie was signed as an amateur free agent by the Detroit Tigers before the 1940 season. He would spend his first year in pro ball pitching for the Henderson Oilers of the class C East Texas League, winning 18 games and losing 9 with a 3.73 ERA. The big righthander would spend until 1944 in the minors, pitching for the class B Winston-Salem Twins in 1941 going 6-15 with a 4.14 ERA, the Beaumont Exporters in 1942 going 11-7 with a 2.98 ERA. Bob would get his first look at the majors with the Detroit Tigers in 1944 when he went 8-9 with a 4.26 for the Buffalo Bisons and appeared in 7 games for the Tigers, pitching 11 innings and going 0-1.

Gillespie would spend 1945 with the Buffalo squad again, this time winning but 7 and losing 15 and pitching 161 innings. In '46 he would appear with the Dallas Rebels in the Texas League, win 14 and lose 12 with a 3.21 ERA and would be drafted by the Chicago White Sox from the Tigers in the 1946 Rule V Draft. Bob would spend both 1946 and '47 with the Chicago White Sox appearing in 50 games, winning 5 and losing 12 over the two seasons with a combined 4.93 ERA.

The big righthander would get back to the majors in 1950 on the strength of a 17-13 year with the Sacramento Solons of the PCL in '49 and the Boston Red Sox would purchase him from the White Sox on October 12, 1949. He made one appearance in 1950 for the Red Sox with no decisions and this would finish up his major league career with a 5-13 record in 58 appearances, pitching 202 innings with a 5.07 ERA.

Gillespie would spend four more years in pro baseball (1950-53), all in the minors where he would conclude his 13 active seasons with 306 appearances on the mound , winning 113 games and losing 116, while pitching 1,809 innings and giving up 1,673 base hits, along with 979 base on balls for a career 3.83 ERA.

After baseball Gillespie became a newspaper press-room supervisor for the Winston-Salem Journal, working there until his retirement. Bob died on November 4, 2001, at age 82 in Winston-Salem, NC.

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