Bob Wellman

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Robert Joseph Wellman

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bob Wellman was an outfielder/first baseman 14 years (1946-1959), all in the minors except for two cups of coffee in 1948 and 1950. He was born on July 15, 1925, in Norwood, OH. He graduated from high school in 1943 at age 17 the went to the University of Indiana for a few months before enlisting. Wellman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (1943-1945) (BN).

Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent, he broke into Organized Baseball in 1946 at age 20 with the Tallassee Indians in the Georgia-Alabama League. Sent from the Pirates to the Philadelphia Athletics in an unknown transaction, he played for the Martinsville A's in the Carolina League (1947) and the Lincoln A's in the Western League (1948).

Wellman was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 23, 1948, with the Athletics. He played four games, going 2 for 10. Sent down to the Syracuse Chiefs in the International League (1949) and Savannah Indians in the South Atlantic League (1950), he returned to Philadelphia where he played his final major league game on June 3, 1950 at age 24. Overall in MLB, he had 7 hits, 2 runs, 0 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 1 RBI and 0 stolen bases at (.280/.357/.480) in 15 games. Even though he never returned to the big leagues, he was featured on a baseball card in the inaugural Topps set, in 1952.

He returned to the minors with the Buffalo Bisons (IL) (1950-1951); Ottawa A's (IL) (1952); the Tulsa Oilers in the Texas League (1952); Yakima Bears in the Western International League (1953); the Charleston Senators in the American Association (1953); the Seattle Rainiers in the Pacific Coast League (1954); Vancouver Capilanos in the Western International League (1954).

He was a player-manager in the Cincinnati Redlegs organization from 1955 to 1959, managed in Philadelphia Phillies chain until 1976, and managed the Jackson Mets in New York Mets chain for four years. He compiled a 1663-1470 record in 25 seasons as a minor league manager between 1955 and 1980. He scouted for the New York Mets from 1981 into the 1990s, discovering and/or signing Roger McDowell and Mickey Weston.

In 1957, his best year in the minors, he had 47 home runs and 171 RBI, hitting .404 at Graceville and .321 at Savannah. Overall in the minors, he had 220 home runs and 1131 RBI and, as a pitcher, was 3-1 with an ERA of 2.72.

He died at age 69 at his home in Villa Hills, KY on December 20, 1994 and is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Cincinnati, OH.

Career Highlights[edit]

  • Home Run Titles
1954 Western International League 21, also led with 108 RBI
1955 Georgia State League 21
1956 Georgia-Florida League 30, also led with 165 hits
1957 Alabama-Florida League 30, also led with 113 RBI

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1955 Douglas Trojans Georgia State League 62-46 1st Cincinnati Redlegs Co-Champs
1956 Moultrie Redlegs Georgia-Florida League 68-71 5th Cincinnati Redlegs
1957 Graceville Oilers Alabama-Florida League 46-37 -- Cincinnati Redlegs -- replaced by Charles Grant (20-17) July 19
1958 Savannah Redlegs South Atlantic League 61-79 6th Cincinnati Redlegs
1959 Savannah Reds South Atlantic League 49-49 -- Cincinnati Redlegs -- replaced by Jack Cassini (18-24) July 22
1961 Dothan Phillies Alabama-Florida League 35-82 6th Philadelphia Phillies none
1962 Bakersfield Bears California League 67-72 6th (t) Philadelphia Phillies
1963 Bakersfield Bears California League 78-62 2nd Philadelphia Phillies
1964 Eugene Emeralds Northwest League 77-63 2nd Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1965 Eugene Emeralds Northwest League 71-65 3rd Philadelphia Phillies
1966 Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League 91-35 1st Philadelphia Phillies none League Champs
1967 Portsmouth Tides Carolina League 70-68 5th Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1968 Portsmouth Tides Carolina League 80-60 3rd Philadelphia Phillies Lost in 1st round
1969 Reading Phillies Eastern League 81-59 2nd Philadelphia Phillies Cancelled with Elmira leading 1-0
in 1st round
1970 Eugene Emeralds Pacific Coast League 15-28 -- Philadelphia Phillies -- replaced by Lou Kahn (51-52) May 25
1971 Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League 78-47 2nd Philadelphia Phillies none
1972 Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League 89-43 1st Philadelphia Phillies League Champs
1973 Rocky Mount Phillies Carolina League 75-65 3rd Philadelphia Phillies
1974 Reading Phillies Eastern League 69-66 4th Philadelphia Phillies
1975 Reading Phillies Eastern League 84-53 1st Philadelphia Phillies Lost League Finals
1976 Reading Phillies Eastern League 35-67 -- Philadelphia Phillies -- replaced by Granny Hamner on July 24
1977 Jackson Mets Texas League 62-68 5th (t) New York Mets
1978 Jackson Mets Texas League 76-58 4th New York Mets Lost League Finals
1979 Jackson Mets Texas League 70-65 5th New York Mets
1980 Jackson Mets Texas League 74-62 4th (t) New York Mets Lost in 1st round
Totals 25 Seasons 1,663-1,470 3 League Championships


Principal sources for Bob Wellman include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) ; The Pacific Coast League: A Statistical History, 1903-1957 by Dennis Snelling; The Texas League in Baseball, 1888-1958 by Marshall D. Wright; The International League: Year-by-year Statistics, 1884-1953 by Marshall D. Wright; The American Association: Year-By-Year Statistics for the Baseball Minor League, 1902-1952 by Marshall D. Wright; and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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