October 10, 1929
June 13, 2000 (aged 70)
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 14, 1952 for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 21, 1968 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Earned run average||3.84|
Bobby Gene Tiefenauer was a Major League knuckleball relief pitcher, who was born on October 10, 1929 in Desloge, MO and died on June 13, 2000. He pitched for several teams between 1952 and 1968; the St. Louis Cardinals (1952, 1955 & 1961), Cleveland Indians (1960, 1965-67), Houston Colt .45s (1962), Milwaukee Braves (1963-65), New York Yankees (1965) and the Chicago Cubs (1968).
In 1948 he was selected by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent. In 1964 with the Milwaukee Braves he had one of his better seasons, saving 13 games (8th best in the National League) with an ERA of 3.21. Like many pitchers, Tiefenauer was a notoriously bad hitter, having only 1 hit in 39 at-bats for a career batting average of .026. The one hit was an extra base hit, a double. And it was off of one of the best pitchers in baseball that year, Jack Sanford of the San Francisco Giants. The hit occurred in the fourth inning of the game between the Houston Colt 45's and the San Francisco Giants on September 29, 1962. Bobby pitched 6 innings in relief that day for Houston, and also came up to bat in the sixth inning when he grounded out to shortstop.