Sunday, April 19, 2020
#113 Bob Skinner
Bob Skinner Pittsburgh Pirates
Career: He had a solid 12-year career, the bulk of it (and easily the best of it) coming in Pittsburgh beginning in 1954. He had some pop and some speed as he had double-digit totals in both homers and stolen bases five times each. He was twice an All-Star, and he won Series rings with the Bucs in 1960 and the Cardinals in 1964. Skinner had two hits and a walk in four pinch-hitting appearances in that '64 win over the Yankees.
He managed the Phils from mid-season 1968 after taking over for Gene Mauch. He was let go about 100 games into the '69 season. He managed (and won) one game as interim skipper for the Padres in 1977.
In 1960: Skinner hit .273 which was down from his previous few seasons but his 15 homers and 86 RBI were career bests to that point. He was the NL's starter in left field in both 1960 All-Star games. He went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.
Skinner was hurt in the first game of the Series (jammed thumb) against the Yanks and didn't return until Game Seven.
Off The Charts: While Skinner played (and managed) exclusively in the NL, his son Joel played (and managed) nine seasons total for three AL clubs, the White Sox, Yankees, and Indians.