Bob Talbot

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A good defensive outfielder with a strong throwing arm, Bob Talbot started out in pro ball out of high school in his hometown of Visalia, CA. He began in the California League after being signed as an amateur free agent by the Chicago Cubs on April 19, 1946. Talbot spent his first two seasons with the Visalia Cubs, hitting a combined .270 with 19 home runs. Bob then spent the next five seasons working his way up the Chicago Cubs ladder. He spent three of those years (1951-1953) with the Los Angeles Angels, where he led the Pacific Coast League in both games with 180 and at-bats with 762 in the league's extended schedule in 1953.

Talbot came up with the Cubs in September of 1953, appearing in eight games and hitting at a .333 average. Bob then spent the 1954 season with the Cubs, appearing in 114 games and hitting at a .241 clip, giving him a lifetime .247 average in the majors.

1955 found him back with the Los Angeles Angels again, where he had a split season with the Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association, hitting .241 with three homers overall. Bob played until 1960, all in the high minors, and finished his 14-year minor league career in the American Association at the age of 33, ending with a .269 batting average with 99 home runs while playing in 1,815 games.

After baseball, Talbot continued to make his home in Visalia, where he was a personnel director, until his retirement, for Early California Foods Incorporated. He died there late in 2017.


Baseball Players of the 1950s

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