Robert Henry Bauer
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.
- High School Decatur High School
Bob Bauer had a ten-year minor league playing career in the farm systems of the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees where he was used primarily at third base, but he also played some right and left field. Late in his playing career, Bauer was a player-manager.
Bauer served in the military from 1950-1952. He began his career with the Alexandria Aces of the Evangeline League and the Odessa Oilers of the Longhorn League before being taken in the minor league phase of the 1954 Rule V Draft. From 1955 to 1957, he was part of the Cardinals system making stops with the Lynchburg Cardinals of the Piedmont League, the Peoria Chiefs of the Three-I League, and the Winston-Salem Red Birds of the Carolina League.
From 1958 to 1962, Bauer played and managed in the Yankees system making stops with the Greensboro Yankees of the Carolina League, the Auburn Yankees of the New York-Penn League, and the St. Petersburg Saints and Fort Lauderdale Yankees of the Florida State League as a player. His best season in the Yankees' system was 1959 when he hit .332 and drove in 74 RBI for Auburn.
1959 was also Bauer's first year as a player-manager. He managed in Auburn in 1960 as well, leading the team to a third-place finish and a playoff berth. In 1961, Bauer skippered the St. Petersburg Saints. The final campaign to see him serve as a player-manager was 1962 when he led the Fort Lauderdale Yankees to a Florida State League championship.
Bauer left baseball for the 1963 and 1964 seasons, but returned to manage the Johnson City Yankees of the Appalachian League in 1965 and 1966. 1967 saw Bauer managing the Greensboro Yankees in the Carolina League. When the Yankees moved their Carolina League affiliate from Greensboro to the Kinston Eagles in 1968, Bauer moved with them. Over the winter of 1969-1970, Bauer took the job of managing the Danville Warriors. But in April of 1970 he was forced to walk away from the assignment. Danville hired Frank Calo.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1959||Auburn Yankees||New York-Penn League||58-67||5th||New York Yankees|
|1960||Auburn Yankees||New York-Penn League||65-63||3rd||New York Yankees||Lost in 1st round|
|1961||St. Petersburg Saints||Florida State League||67-75||3rd||New York Yankees|
|1962||Fort Lauderdale Yankees||Florida State League||71-50||1st||New York Yankees||League Champs|
|1965||Johnson City Yankees||Appalachian League||27-43||6th||New York Yankees||none|
|1966||Johnson City Yankees||Appalachian League||41-30||2nd||New York Yankees||none|
|1967||Greensboro Yankees||Carolina League||6-72||9th||New York Yankees|
|1968||Kinston Eagles||Carolina League||62-75||9th||New York Yankees|