October 3, 1931 |
La Jolla, San Diego, California
|April 13, 1954, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 24, 1966, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Runs batted in||531|
|Career highlights and awards|
Bob Skinner, a left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1954; 1956–63). He spent his last 3½ years as a pinch hitter and backup outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds (1963–64) and St. Louis Cardinals (1964–66). During his best season, 1962 with the Pirates, he batted .302 and hit 20 home runs. Over his 12-year career, he batted .277 with 103 homers. Skinner played for two World Series champions in two tries. Although he hit only .200 for Pittsburgh as a regular during the 1960 World Series, as a pinch hitter for St. Louis during the 1964 World Series, Skinner hit safely in two of three at-bats for a .667 average.
In 1967, Skinner retired from playing and became manager of his hometown team, the George Myatt.
He remained in the game, however, as a coach for the National League Padres, who came into being in 1969, Pirates, California Angels and Atlanta Braves. He also managed the Houston Astros' Tucson Toros PCL franchise from 1989–92 before becoming a Houston scout.
His career record as a manager, including a one-game interim stint with the 1977 Padres, was 93–123 (.431).
In 1976, Skinner was also inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface.
Skinner is the father of former MLB catcher and coach Joel Skinner.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet, SABR Biography Project, or Pura Pelota (VPBL stats)