Bob Tufts

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Robert Malcolm Tufts (born November 2, 1955, in Medford, MA) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played in parts of three seasons for the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals from through .


Tufts was drafted by the Giants out of Princeton University in the 12th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball Draft.

He made his debut for the Giants in 1981, and pitched in 11 games for them that season. He held the distinction of being the last Princeton University baseball player to appear in a major league baseball game until Chris Young debuted with the Rangers on August 24, 2004.

The following spring, Tufts was traded to the Royals along with Vida Blue. During the 1982 and 1983 seasons he appeared in 16 games for the Royals. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on June 7, 1983, for Charlie Leibrandt and never appeared again in a major league game.

Tufts is a convert to Judaism.Tufts is one of six major league baseball players who converted to Judaism during their careers. He was a participant in a 2005 seminar at the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Jews and Baseball, and has also performed baseball clinics in Israel.

In 2009, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He underwent pill-based and liquid chemotherapy and reached a recovery point at which eh could undergo and autologous stem cell...
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