Bob Skinner # 46

Robert Ralph Skinner (born October 3, 1931 in La Jolla, California) is a scout for the Houston Astros and a former outfielder-first baseman, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball. Skinner, who has spent over 50 years in the game, is the father of former MLB catcher and coach Joel Skinner.

Bob Skinner, a left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, played most of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1954; 1956–63). He spent his last 3½ years as a pinch hitter and backup outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds (1963–64) and St. Louis Cardinals (1964–66). During his best season, 1962 with the Pirates, he batted .302 and hit 20 home runs. Over his 12-year career, he batted .277 with 103 homers. Skinner played for two World Series champions in two tries. Although he hit only .200 for Pittsburgh as a regular during the 1960 World Series, as a pinch hitter for St. Louis during the 1964 World Series, Skinner hit safely in two of three at-bats for a .667 average.

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