Name: Aspromonte, Bob
Card: 1963 Topps 45
“In all my years in baseball, I have never known a player with more class than Bob Aspromonte.” – Larry Dierker
Robert Thomas Aspromonte (born June 19, 1938) is a former third baseman who appeared in 1,324 games over parts of 13 seasons (1956; 1960–71). A native of Brooklyn, New York, he played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Colt .45s/Astros, Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, all in the National League. He was the last Brooklyn Dodger to appear in a major league game.
Bob was an above-average fielder who didn’t strike out much and could be relied upon to play multiple positions if needed. In 1962, he played in 57 consecutive games at third base without an error.
Bob was also at the center of an amazing story in which a child who had ben hit by lightning, and who idolized Bob, asked him to hit homers on three separate occasions, and, incredibly, the non-slugger Aspromonte complied in each case.
On June 9, 1968, he, along with teammate Rusty Staub and Maury Willis of the Pittsburgh Pirates, decided not to play in a game between the two teams in light of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy three days earlier, with Aspromonte stating that “If we didn’t put a day aside, it would hurt me. … I’ve never had to take this firm a stand on anything before. It’s got to boil down to one thing: how you feel personally. It’s how I felt. My conscience is clear.”
Aspromonte was the last Brooklyn Dodger to retire. He managed one at-bat for Brooklyn in 1956.
On January 26, 2019, Aspromonte was selected as an inaugural member of the Houston Astros Hall of Fame. Bob is the younger brother of former MLB infielder and manager Ken Aspromonte.
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