Bob Tewksbury

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Bob Tewksbury
1984 Nashville Bob Tewksbury.jpg
Tewksbury with the Nashville Sounds in 1984
Pitcher
Born: (1960-11-30) November 30, 1960 (age 58)
Concord, New Hampshire
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1986, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 1998, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Win–Loss record110–102
Earned run average3.92
Strikeouts812
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Robert Alan Tewksbury (born November 30, 1960) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher and current Mental Skills Coordinator for the Chicago Cubs. He played professionally for the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and the Minnesota Twins.

Bob Tewksbury has the lowest ratio of base on balls per innings pitched for any starting pitcher to pitch in the major leagues since the 1920s, and the lowest ratio for any pitcher to pitch since the 1800s except for Deacon Phillippe, Babe Adams, Dan Quisenberry, and Addie Joss.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tewksbury was born in Concord, New Hampshire[2] and attended Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, New Hampshire. He played college baseball at Rutgers and Saint Leo University.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Tewksbury's talent was initially discovered by Andy Michael in Concord. Michael contacted the New York Yankees and Tewksbury was drafted by them out of Saint Leo University in the 19th round of the 1981 Major League Baseball draft. He played for the Yankees for two years, and was then sent to the Chicago Cubs. As a free agent in 1988, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he would stay until 1994. Again a free agent, he went to the Texas Rangers for a year. In 1996, he signed with the San Diego Padres for one more year. In December 1996, he signed with the Minnesota Twins and played for two years with the team,[4] but shoulder problems effectively ended his baseball career after that.

Due to the shoulder and arm problems he faced over the course of his playing career, Tewksbury became known as an excellent control pitcher.[5] His best year was 1992, in which he went 16-5 on the season and had a 2.16 ERA in 233 innings pitched. He appeared in the All-Star game[6] and was third in the Cy Young Award voting that year.[7] His injury problems marred his success from that point forward, with his best post-Cardinals year being in San Diego, where he helped the Padres capture the NL West division title.

In 1992 Tewksbury walked only 20 batters in 233 innings, the best ratio in the major leagues in over half a century. The next season Tewksbury came very close to ending the season with more wins than bases on balls allowed, an elusive feat only accomplished 4 times by 3 different starting pitchers in MLB history. He had 17 wins with only 18 walks allowed late in the season but gave up a walk apiece in his last two starts and did not achieve a win in either game, ending the season with 17 wins on 20 walks.

In 1997, the ever-crafty Tewksbury threw an Eephus pitch, joining an elite few who have thrown the "junkiest pitch in baseball." He threw it to power-hitter Mark McGwire in an interleague play game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and McGwire grounded out on the pitch – twice.[8][9] Tewksbury's son, Griffin, has been quoted as calling this pitch "The Dominator."[10]

During and after his baseball career, he became well known for his philanthropy. He has done a lot of work for the Boys and Girls Club of America,[11] as well as hospital visits for sick children.

After retirement[edit]

After retiring, Tewksbury worked as a player development consultant for the Boston Red Sox and appeared as a commentator for Red Sox coverage on the New England Sports Network[12] He earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education at St. Leo University in 2000 and earned his master's degree in psychology at Boston University in 2004.[13][14]

Tewksbury has been a sports psychology coach since 2004.[15] He is an Adjunct Professor of Sport Psychology & Exercise at NHTI, Concord's Community College.[16] Tewksbury still lives in New Hampshire, continuing his charitable work.

Tewksbury played himself in the movie The Scout.[17]

Awards and honors[edit]

Tewksbury was inducted into the Saint Leo Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Bases On Balls per 9 IP". Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  2. ^ "Concord, New Hampshire". New England Condominium. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "Bob Tewksbury Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "This Week in Concord History". The Concord Insider. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Where are they now? Bob Tewksbury". ST. Louis Cardinals. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "Museum". New Hampshire Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2013-12-20. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "Cy Young Award National League Vote Analysis". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "Tewksbury slows down McGwire with 44 mph lobs". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  9. ^ Dickson, Paul (2011). The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition). W. W. Norton & Company. p. 288.
  10. ^ "Twins Tame McGwire, Cardinals". Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  11. ^ "Bob Tewksbury". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  12. ^ "Bob Tewksbury". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  13. ^ "Former Major Leaguer/Sports Psychologist Bob Tewksbury to Speak at Monday's Community Meeting". New Hampton School. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  14. ^ "Tewksbury a head coach". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  15. ^ "Tewksbury recalls past game with Cards' Cherre". RedSox.com. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  16. ^ "Former Major Leaguer/Sports Psychologist Bob Tewksbury to Speak at Monday's Community Meeting". New Hampton School. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  17. ^ "Not Quite Drama, Not Quite Comedy, 'The Scout' Strikes Out". The Courant. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  18. ^ "Inside Athletics". The Official Site of the Saint Leo University Lions. Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved December 20, 2013.

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