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Bob Cerv
Born: May 5, 1926 (1926-05-05) (age 83)
Weston, Nebraska
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 1, 1951 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
July 29, 1962 for the Houston Colt .45s
Career statistics
Batting average     .276
Home runs     105
Runs batted in     374
Career highlights and awards

Robert Henry Cerv (born 5 May 1926 in Weston, Nebraska) was an American baseball player. Prior to his professional career he was a standout baseball and basketball player at the University of Nebraska.

He signed with the New York Yankees in 1950, and was a little used reserve outfielder on the powerful Yankee teams of the early 1950s.

Following the 1956 season, he was sold to the Kansas City Athletics, where he became a regular. His best season was 1958, when he hit .305, hit 38 homers, and had 104 RBIs, was elected to the American League All-Star team, beating out Ted Williams for the starting spot. He also finished 4th in the MVP voting that year. He did all of this while playing injured part of the season. Cerv also participated in the Home Run Derby, where he lost to Frank Robinson. He followed up in 1959 with 20 homers and 87 RBIs. Some say had Cerv not played back-up to such greats as Mickey Mantle he would have done so much more on the field. Cerv still holds Kansas City's major league record for home runs with 38.

In May, 1960, he was traded back to the Yankees for Andy Carey, and his playing time was reduced somewhat. Following the 1960 season, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the expansion draft, but his stay was brief. In May 1961 he was traded back to the Yankees, where he was a substitute and pinch hitter. He was also the housemate of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris during the historic homer race and was featured in the Billy Crystal's movie 61*. In June 1962 he was traded to the Houston Colt .45s, who released him in July.

In his career he had 105 home runs, including 12 pinch hit homers. He also had a .276 batting average in his career with 624 hits in 2261 at bats.

Following his big league career he coached college baseball at Southeast Missouri State College and John F. Kennedy College in Wahoo, Nebraska where he also coached the men's basketball team.

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