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Bob Elliott

  • Original Name Robert Irving
  • Birth 26 Nov 1916 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Death 4 May 1966 San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Plot Masonic Annex Lot 37 Space 9
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  • Memorial ID 9693

Major League Baseball Player, Manager. The third baseman was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1947, and he then helped the Boston Braves capture the pennant the following year. The 6-foot, 195-pound right-handed batter who collected 2,061 hits during his 15-year career made his debut as an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1939 and hit .333 in 32 games. He then batted .292 with 34 doubles in 1940 and .273 in 1941. He moved to the hot corner in 1942 and hit .296. He improved to .315 with 30 doubles, 12 triples and 101 RBIs in 1943. He was consistent, hitting .297 with 28 doubles, 16 triples and 108 RBIs in 1944 and having a .290 average with 108 RBIs in 1945. He was traded with Hank Camilli to the Braves on September 30, 1946 for infielders Billy Herman and Whitey Wietelmann, pitcher Elmer Singleton and outfielder Stan Wentzel. During his MVP year in 1947 he hit .317 with 35 doubles, 22 homers and 113 RBIs. The Braves won their first pennant in 34 years in 1948 as Elliott batted .283 with 23 homers and 100 RBIs and led the league with 131 walks. In the World Series, he belted successive homers in the first and third innings off Bob Feller in Game 5 in an 11-5 romp and went 3 for 3 in Game 6, but the Cleveland Indians won 4-3 to take the series four games to two. He hit .333 (7 for 21) with five RBIs in the Fall Classic. In 1949 he batted .280 and pounded three homers in a game against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds on September 24. He hit .305 with 107 RBIs in 1950 and .285 in 1951. His fifth-inning double was the Braves' only hit against Cincinnati's Ewell Blackwell on May 15, 1951. He was on the All-Star team in 1941, 1942, 1944, 1947 (didn't play because of injury), 1948 and 1951 and batted .333 (3 for 9) with a homer in five games. He was dealt to the New York Giants on April 8, 1952 for pitcher Sheldon Jones and $50,000. He was given his release on October 1, 1952 and then signed with the St. Louis Browns on March 25, 1953. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox with pitcher Virgil Trucks on June 13, 1953 for catcher Darrell Johnson, pitcher Lou Kretlow and $75,000. He played for San Diego in the Pacific Coast League in 1954 and was the Padres' manager from 1955 until May 16, 1957, when he was replaced by George Metkovich. After managing Sacramento of the PCL in 1959, he succeeded Harry Craft as skipper of the Kansas City Athletics. The A's finished last in the eight-team American League in 1960 with a 58-86 record, and Elliott was fired. The native of San Francisco was a coach for the expansion Los Angeles Angels in 1961. His career totals were .289 with 383 doubles, 94 triples, 170 homers, 1,064 runs scored and 1,195 RBIs.

Bio by: Ron Coons

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  • Added: 3 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9693
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bob Elliott (26 Nov 1916–4 May 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9693, citing Greenwood Memorial Park, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .