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Bob Knepper

Bob Knepper
Born: (1954-05-25) May 25, 1954
Akron, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 10, 1976, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
June 24, 1990, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 146–155
Earned run average 3.68
Strike outs 1,473
Career highlights and awards

Robert Wesley Knepper (born May 25, 1954) is a former National Organization for Women in 1988.


  • Biography 1
    • Career 1.1
    • Controversial remarks 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3



In the September 1978 issue of SPORT Magazine, Jay Stuller wrote an extraordinarily positive article on Knepper, entitled, You Can't Compare Him To Koufax...Yet.[1][2] As Knepper's career never reached that standard, critics would often refer to that article and say, "You Can't Compare Him to Koufax...Ever."

On December 8, 1980, Knepper was traded from the Giants along with Chris Bourjos to the Astros for Enos Cabell.[3] He won The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1981.[4] He was voted to the National League All-Star team twice (1981 and 1988). He led the National League in shutouts in 1978, with six, and in 1986, with five. He also led the league in hit batsmen in 1980, with eight, and losses in 1987, with 17.

By July 1989, Knepper was struggling with a 4-10 win-loss record and 5.89 ERA. The Astros released him after he refused a demotion to the minor leagues.[5] He was signed by the San Francisco Giants a few days later.[6] He pitched the rest of the regular season with San Francisco, but did not make their postseason roster.[7] The Giants waived Knepper in June 1990.[8]

Controversial remarks

During a 1988 season that was one of the best of his career, Knepper made controversial remarks about Pam Postema, a female AAA umpire officiating a Major League spring training game. He said, "I just don’t think a woman should be an umpire. There are certain things a woman shouldn’t be and an umpire is one of them. It’s a physical thing. God created women to be feminine. I don’t think they should be competing with men. It has nothing to do with her ability. I don’t think women should be in any position of leadership. I don’t think they should be presidents or politicians. I think women were created not in an inferior position, but in a role of submission to men. You can be a woman umpire if you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s right. You can be a homosexual if you want, but that doesn’t mean that’s right either."[9] He also criticized the [10]


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  3. ^ "Astros Trade Cabell".  
  4. ^ "Knepper, Zisk Honored".  
  5. ^ "Bob Knepper Released by the Houston Astros".  
  6. ^ "National League: Knepper Tops His Former Teammates".  
  7. ^ "Knepper Waiting for a Call to Arms".  
  8. ^ "Transactions". The News. June 26, 1990. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Isaacson, Melissa (March 16, 1988). "Knepper Says Umpiring is Wrong Calling for a Woman".  
  10. ^ "Knepper Calls NOW 'Bunch of Lesbians' but Later Recants".  

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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