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Robert E. Saulsberry

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Outfielder Bob Saulsberry played four minor league seasons, from 1950 to 1953, hitting .312 and averaging 20 home runs a year during that span. His playing days were cut short as the result of a car accident.

Saulsberry debuted in 1950 with the Chickasha Chiefs, hitting .305/.385/.516 with 17 homers and 86 RBI. He starred for his hometown Shawnee Hawks in 1951 with a .358 average, .633 slugging, 40 doubles, 13 triples and 23 home runs. He was second in the Sooner State League in average (behind Lou Fitzgerald), third in slugging (trailing Bennie Warren and Dan Demby), fourth in doubles, tied for fifth in triples and third in home runs (after Demby and Don Williamson).

With the 1952 Port Arthur Seahawks, the Oklahoman posted a .311/.372/.534 batting line with 127 runs, 92 RBI, 24 doubles, 12 triples and 26 dingers. He did make 17 outfield errors, tying for second behind Manuel Salvatierra in the Gulf Coast League. He was also 4th in the GCL in home runs, tied for second in triples and 4th in runs in a high-offense loop. He wrapped up in 1953 with the Greenville Majors/Bryan Majors; he hit .273/.342/.423 with 15 HR.

Sources include 1951, 1953 and 1954 Baseball Guides

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