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Bob Tufts

Bob Tufts
Born: (1955-11-02) November 2, 1955
Medford, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 10, 1981 for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 6, 1983 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Win-Loss record 2–0
ERA 4.71
Strikeouts 28

Robert Malcolm Tufts (born November 2, 1955, in Medford, MA) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played in parts of three seasons for the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals from 1981 through 1983.


Born in Medford, MA, raised in Lynnfield, MA, Tufts was drafted by the Giants out of Princeton University in the 12th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

He made his debut for the Giants in 1981, and pitched in 11 games for them that season. He held the distinction of being the last Princeton University baseball player to appear in a major league baseball game until Chris Young debuted with the Rangers on August 24, 2004.[2]

The following spring, Tufts was traded to the Royals along with Vida Blue. During the 1982 and 1983 seasons he appeared in 16 games for the Royals. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on June 7, 1983, for Charlie Leibrandt and never appeared again in a major league game.

Tufts is a convert to Judaism.[3] Tufts is one of six major league baseball players who converted to Judaism during their careers.[4][5] He was a participant in a 2005 seminar at the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Jews and Baseball, and has also performed baseball clinics in Israel.[3]

Personal life

Tufts has an Manhattanville College.

In 2009, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He underwent pill-based and liquid chemotherapy and reached a recovery point at which he could undergo and autologous stem cell transplant. As of May 2010, he is in almost complete remission.

See also


  1. ^ "Bob Tufts". Sports Reference, Inc. 2007. Retrieved May 3, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Young Takes Mound for Rangers". August 23, 2004. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved April 9, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ex-big leaguer celebrates the day he switched teams". NJ Jewish News. April 19, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Freneau (November 2, 2008). "Happy Birthday Bob Tufts". Royals Review. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Perlman, Rabbi Jay (September 22, 2007). "Facing a Difficult Year.....Together". Temple Beth Shalom. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ Tufts, Bob (January 12, 2008). "A Strange, But True Baseball Story?? Former player called to testify before Congress". BlackAthlete. Archived from the original on May 5, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
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