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Bob Tufts
Pitcher
Born: November 2, 1955 (1955-11-02) (age 54)
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
Teams

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.

Career

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.[1][2] 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]

Miscellaneous

Tufts says he had a relative “who was the first woman tried and convicted of witchcraft,” in Essex County, Massachusetts, in 1680.

After retiring from baseball in 1983, Tufts completed his MBA degree from Columbia University. He now lives in Forest Hills, Queens and works as a vice president at Jefferies, a brokerage firm in Manhattan.[4][5]

Notes

  1. ^ "Bob Tufts". Sports Reference, Inc.. 2007. http://www.baseball-reference.com/t/tuftsbo01.shtml. Retrieved 2007-05-03.  
  2. ^ "Young Takes Mound for Rangers". Ivyleaguesports.com. 2004-08-23. http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/article.asp?intID=3572. Retrieved April 9, 2007.  
  3. ^ http://www.njjewishnews.com/njjn.com/041907/njExBigLeaguer.html
  4. ^ Tufts, Bob. "A Strange, But True Baseball Story??", Black Athlete Sports Network, January 12, 2008. Accessed June 18, 2009. "Bob Tufts is a former Major League pitcher who pitched for the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals from 1981-83. He now resides in Forest Hills, New York".
  5. ^ Kaplan, Ron. "Ex-big leaguer celebrates the day he switched teams", New Jersey Jewish News, April 19, 2007. Accessed June 18, 2009.
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