Friday, March 17, 2017
RIP - Bob Bruce
1960s' pitcher Bob Bruce passed away on March 15, 2017 at age 83.
Bruce played for the Tigers, Colt .45s/Astros, and Braves from 1959 to 1967.
Beginning his career with Detroit, his best years were from 1962-66, when he was a workhorse starter for the Colts/Astros. In a 1964 game, he struck out the side on only 9 pitches (1 day after Sandy Koufax had done the same). He was also the starting pitcher in the first game played in the Astrodome.
After the 1966 season Bruce was traded to the Braves for veteran 3rd baseman Eddie Mathews, and retired after the season.
Houston Chronicle obituary
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