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... Read More