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Bob Anderson (baseball)

Bob Anderson
Born: (1935-09-25) September 25, 1935
East Chicago, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 31, 1957 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1963 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win–loss record 36–46
Earned run average 4.26
Strikeouts 502

Robert Carl Anderson (born September 29, 1935), is a former professional baseball player who played pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1957–63. He played for the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers.

Bob Anderson was involved in one of baseball history's most unusual plays. It occurred during a game played on June 30, 1959, between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. Stan Musial was at the plate, with a count of 3–1. Anderson's next pitch was errant, evading catcher Sammy Taylor and rolling all the way to the backstop. Umpire Vic Delmore called ball four, however Anderson and Taylor contended that Musial foul tipped the ball. Because the ball was still in play, and because Delmore was embroiled in an argument with the catcher and pitcher, Musial took it upon himself to try for second base. Seeing that Musial was trying for second, Alvin Dark ran to the backstop to retrieve the ball. The ball wound up in the hands of field announcer Pat Pieper, but Dark ended up getting it back anyway. Absentmindedly, however, Delmore pulled out a new ball and gave it to Taylor. Anderson finally noticed that Musial was trying for second, took the new ball, and threw it to second baseman Tony Taylor. Anderson's throw flew over Tony Taylor's head into the outfield. Dark, at the same time that Anderson threw the new ball, threw the original ball to shortstop Ernie Banks. Musial, though, did not see Dark's throw and only noticed Anderson's ball fly over the second baseman's head, so he tried to go to third base. On his way there, he was tagged by Banks, and after a delay he was ruled out.[1]


  1. ^ "Musial Is First in History Put Out By 2 Baseballs!". St. Petersburg Times. July 1, 1959. 

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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