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Bob Sadowski (third baseman)

Bob Sadowski
Third Baseman
Born: (1937-01-15) January 15, 1937 (age 77)
St. Louis, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 16, 1960 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1963 for the Los Angeles Angels
Career statistics
Batting average .222
Home runs 7
Runs batted in 46
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Robert Frank Sadowski (born January 15, 1937, at St. Louis, Missouri) is a retired American professional baseball player and manager. Primarily a third baseman and outfielder during his brief Major League Baseball career, he was a second baseman and shortstop coming through the minor leagues. Sadowski batted left-handed, threw right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 metres) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kilograms) during his active career. Nicknamed "Bo," Sadowski's major league career coincided somewhat with a namesake, MLB pitcher Robert Sadowski (no relation).

Bo Sadowski signed with his hometown St. Louis Cardinals (ironically, the team that first signed pitcher Sadowski as well) in 1955 and made his debut (and only) appearance for the Redbirds on September 16, 1960. On September 16, he grounded out and walked against Stu Miller of the San Francisco Giants during a 6–2 defeat at Busch Stadium. Following the 1960 campaign, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, who recalled him from the Buffalo Bisons of the Triple-A International League for a more extended 16-game trial during 1961. But Sadowski batted only .130 in 54 at bats, and was traded again the following off-season, this time in a multiple-player transaction to the Chicago White Sox.

Sadowski spent two full seasons (19621963) in the American League. With the 1962 White Sox, he batted .231 with six home runs and 24 runs batted in in 130 at bats, but was outrighted to the ChiSox' Indianapolis Indians affiliate at season's end. Selected during the Rule 5 draft that November, he spent the 1963 season with the Los Angeles Angels, where he hit .250 with a home run and 22 RBI.[1]

Sadowski returned to the minor leagues in 1964, and played six more years, almost exclusively at the Triple-A level, for several organizations. As a major leaguer, Sadowski batted .222 with seven homers and 46 RBI, but he was a solid .267 hitter in almost 1,400 games played as a minor leaguer. Following his playing career, he spent one season, 1972, as a manager at the Class A level in the Minnesota Twins' farm system.[2]

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