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Robert Louis Carpenter
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 195 lb.
- High School Parker High School (Chicago)
- Debut September 5, 1940
- Final Game August 13, 1947
- Born December 12, 1917 in Chicago, IL USA
- Died October 19, 2005 in Evergreen Park, IL USA
Bob Carpenter pitched nine seasons in professional baseball from 1936 through 1947, with a three year timeout during World War II (1943-1945) as a medic after being inducted into the United States Army in January 1943.
Carpenter spent five seasons in the major leagues: 1940-1942 and 1946-1947. He had an admirable record of 25-20 with a 3.60 ERA while appearing in 80 games. His best years came back-to-back with the New York Giants. In 1941, he went 11-6 with a 3.83 ERA in 29 games, then in 1942, he was 11-10 with a 3.15 ERA, 12 complete games and 2 shutouts in 28 games (185 2/3 innings). After the war, he returned to the Giants but was not the same pitcher, ending his career with a four game stint with the Chicago Cubs in 1947. Bob additionally spent parts of six seasons in the minors (1936-1940 and 1947), building a 54-60 record in 176 games. His best season was his first, in 1936, with the Greenwood Chiefs of the Class C Cotton States League, when he went 12-10 with a 3.24 ERA.
After retiring from baseball in 1947, Carpenter became a commodities trader. He remained involved with baseball, coaching boys in his hometown of Evergreen Park, IL for many years. He passed away at his home on October 19, 2005 at 87.