Bobby Sturgeon

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Robert Harwood Sturgeon

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Bobby Sturgeon was signed as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1937. He played his first of seventeen seasons in pro ball with the Albuquerque Cardinals of the class D Arizona-Texas League. Bobby spent three seasons in the minors (1937-1939) before getting his first chance at the major league game after he was sold by the Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs, on December 27, 1939.

He debuted with the Cubs on April 16, 1940, appeared in 7 games with not much success. He spent the rest of the 1940 season with the Jersey City Giants of the International League. Sturgeon spent the next two years with the Wrigley Field team, hitting .245 in 1941 and .247 in 1942 before serving the next three seasons (1943-1945) with the United States Navy during World War II.

After returning from military service, Sturgeon was back with the Cubs in 1946 and had his best batting average while in the majors, when he hit at a .296 clip for the season. Bobby's production fell the following year and on March 1, 1948 the Cubs traded him to the Boston Braves for Dick Culler and Walt Lanfranconi. He hit .218 in 28 games for the Braves and this signaled the end of Sturgeon's time in the big leagues. He finished out having appeared in 420 games with a .277 batting average and fielded the six seasons at a .959 percentage.

Sturgeon went back to the minors where he spent the next seven seasons with eight different clubs, all the way from AAA to class C. Looking at his numbers it appears that his most productive year came early on in the 1939 season, with the Columbus Red Birds of the American Association, when he appeared in 151 games and hit .297. In total, his minor league career record showed a .270 batting average, while appearing in 1,168 games. Bobby also served as a player-manager in minor league baseball for five years (1951-1955), in the Western International League, California League and the Pioneer League.

After baseball Robert Harwood Sturgeon made his home in San Dimas, CA, where he worked and lived until his death on March 10, 2007.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1951 Victoria Athletics Western International League 36-43 7th none none replaced Dick Barrett (26-40) on June 25
1952 Ventura Braves California League 41-62 -- Boston Braves -- replaced by Jose Perez (15-22) on August 2
1953 Edmonton Eskimos Western International League 79-61 3rd none
1954 Edmonton Eskimos Western International League 62-63 5th none
1955 Salt Lake City Bees Pioneer League -- Philadelphia Phillies -- replaced by Sven Jessen on July 11

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