Bob Watson Stats

Bob Watson was born on Wednesday, April 10, 1946, in Los Angeles, California. Watson was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 9, 1966, with the Houston Astros. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Bob Watson baseball stats page.

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"Playing ball in New York and getting to the World Series in 1981 , man, that's baseball. All my other years I just played the game, but this... this was baseball. It was a dream come true. As a young man I dreamed of playing in the majors, in an All-Star game and the World Series and thanks to the Yankees , I wound up doing all three. And the fact that we lost to the Dodgers in 1981... we had the better team, but just weren't meant to win." - Bob Watson in Baseball Digest (December 1995, Mike Blake, Stars of the 1980s Recall Some Special Baseball Moments , Page 54)

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Bob 'The Bull' Watson Autograph on a 1983 Topps Baseball Card (#572 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1983top03' title='1983 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Bob 'The Bull' Watson Autograph on a 1983 Topps Baseball Card (#572 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Robert José Watson
Nickname:
Bob or Bull
Born On:
04-10-1946  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Los Angeles, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-14-2020 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Houston, Texas
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Fremont High School (Los Angeles, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-02
Player Weight Chart Weight:
205
First Game:
09-09-1966 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-30-1984
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

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Bob Watson Pitching Stats

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Bob Watson Hitting Stats

1966 20 Astros 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1967 21 Astros 6 14 1 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 .214 .214 .429
1968 22 Astros 45 140 13 32 7 0 2 0 8 13 1 32 0 1 1 6 .229 .297 .321
1969 23 Astros 20 40 3 11 3 0 0 0 3 6 0 5 0 0 2 0 .275 .396 .350
1970 24 Astros 97 327 48 89 19 2 11 2 61 24 1 59 1 6 4 10 .272 .324 .443
1971 25 Astros 129 468 49 135 17 3 9 0 67 41 5 56 1 2 2 14 .288 .347 .395
1972 26 Astros 147 548 74 171 27 4 16 0 86 53 5 83 2 5 8 6 .312 .378 .464
1973 27 Astros 158 573 97 179 24 3 16 1 94 85 8 73 1 3 4 18 .312 .403 .449
1974 28 Astros 150 524 69 156 19 4 11 0 67 60 9 61 1 5 3 14 .298 .370 .412
1975 29 Astros 132 485 67 157 27 1 18 0 85 40 10 50 0 5 3 11 .324 .375 .495
1976 30 Astros 157 585 76 183 31 3 16 1 102 62 10 64 2 9 4 12 .313 .377 .458
1977 31 Astros 151 554 77 160 38 6 22 1 110 57 11 69 1 4 7 8 .289 .360 .498
1978 32 Astros 139 461 51 133 25 4 14 0 79 51 16 57 0 11 4 18 .289 .357 .451
1979 33 Astros 49 163 15 39 4 0 3 0 18 16 1 23 1 2 0 3 .239 .304 .319
1979 33 Red Sox 84 312 48 105 19 4 13 0 53 29 7 33 0 1 5 10 .337 .401 .548
1980 34 Yankees 130 469 62 144 25 3 13 1 68 48 5 56 1 6 1 20 .307 .368 .456
1981 35 Yankees 59 156 15 33 3 3 6 0 12 24 2 17 0 0 0 10 .212 .317 .385
1982 36 Yankees 7 17 3 4 3 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .235 .350 .412
1982 36 Braves 57 114 16 28 3 1 5 0 22 14 2 20 0 2 0 4 .246 .323 .421
1983 37 Braves 65 149 14 46 9 0 6 0 37 18 3 23 0 3 0 5 .309 .376 .490
1984 38 Braves 49 85 4 18 4 0 2 0 12 9 2 12 0 0 0 2 .212 .287 .329
19 Years 1,832 6,185 802 1,826 307 41 184 6 989 653 98 796 11 65 48 173 .295 .364 .447

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Bob Watson Fielding Stats

1967 Astros 1B 3 3 75 24 8.0 23 21 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 8.28
1968 Astros LF 40 37 987 51 1.3 45 45 0 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .882 1.23
1968 Astros RF 1 1 24 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1969 Astros 1B 5 5 111 37 7.4 37 34 3 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1969 Astros C 1 0 6 5 5.0 5 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 22.50
1969 Astros LF 6 5 129 4 0.7 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.84
1970 Astros 1B 83 82 2,058 740 8.9 734 695 39 6 54 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.63
1970 Astros C 6 0 34 12 2.0 12 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 9.53
1970 Astros LF 1 0 9 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1971 Astros 1B 45 37 957 360 8.0 355 339 16 5 28 n/a n/a n/a .986 10.02
1971 Astros LF 87 87 2,097 136 1.6 134 132 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .985 1.73
1971 Astros RF 1 1 18 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1972 Astros 1B 2 1 30 14 7.0 14 13 1 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 12.60
1972 Astros LF 143 143 3,783 227 1.6 222 215 7 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .978 1.58
1973 Astros 1B 26 12 450 154 5.9 152 150 2 2 7 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.12
1973 Astros C 3 2 57 14 4.7 13 12 1 1 0 2 5 1 .929 6.16
1973 Astros LF 142 142 3,552 281 2.0 272 264 8 9 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.07
1974 Astros 1B 35 2 255 101 2.9 101 96 5 0 7 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.69
1974 Astros LF 140 139 3,183 211 1.5 207 202 5 4 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.76
1975 Astros 1B 118 116 2,970 1,154 9.8 1,146 1,077 69 8 106 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.42
1975 Astros LF 9 8 198 13 1.4 13 12 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.77
1976 Astros 1B 155 154 4,065 1,506 9.7 1,491 1,395 96 15 126 n/a n/a n/a .990 9.90
1977 Astros 1B 146 146 3,834 1,458 10.0 1,449 1,331 118 9 100 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.20
1978 Astros 1B 128 127 3,135 1,078 8.4 1,069 974 95 9 63 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.21
1979 Astros 1B 44 44 1,077 407 9.3 404 371 33 3 23 n/a n/a n/a .993 10.13
1979 Red Sox 1B 58 57 1,437 579 10.0 572 525 47 7 58 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.75
1980 Yankees 1B 104 91 2,481 923 8.9 914 851 63 9 87 n/a n/a n/a .990 9.95
1981 Yankees 1B 50 43 1,086 393 7.9 392 367 25 1 42 n/a n/a n/a .997 9.75
1982 Yankees 1B 6 4 108 40 6.7 40 40 0 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.00
1982 Braves 1B 27 25 564 214 7.9 214 206 8 0 18 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 10.24
1982 Braves LF 2 1 45 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.20
1983 Braves 1B 34 34 813 304 8.9 299 280 19 5 23 n/a n/a n/a .984 9.93
1984 Braves 1B 19 19 390 180 9.5 177 165 12 3 17 n/a n/a n/a .983 12.25
1B Totals 1,088 1,002 25,896 9,666 8.9 9,583 8,930 653 83 771 n/a n/a n/a .991 9.99
LF Totals 570 562 13,983 926 1.6 900 877 23 26 2 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.74
C Totals 10 2 97 31 3.1 30 28 2 1 0 4 5 1 .968 8.35
RF Totals 2 2 42 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.64
18 Years 1,670 1,568 40,018 10,624 6.4 10,514 9,836 678 110 773 4 5 1 .990 7.09

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Bob Watson Miscellaneous Stats

1966 Astros 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1967 Astros 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 14.0 4.7 7.0 - - -
1968 Astros 1 0 1.000 5 0 n/a 70.0 4.4 17.5 - - -
1969 Astros 0 0 .000 9 0 n/a 0.0 8.0 13.3 - - -
1970 Astros 1 1 .500 14 0 n/a 29.7 5.5 5.4 - - -
1971 Astros 0 3 .000 4 0 n/a 52.0 8.4 7.0 - - -
1972 Astros 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 34.3 6.6 6.4 - - -
1973 Astros 1 4 .200 2 0 n/a 35.8 7.8 6.1 - - -
1974 Astros 3 4 .429 9 0 n/a 47.6 8.6 7.8 - - -
1975 Astros 3 5 .375 8 0 n/a 26.9 9.7 5.7 - - -
1976 Astros 3 3 .500 3 0 n/a 36.6 9.1 5.7 - - -
1977 Astros 5 0 1.000 5 0 n/a 25.2 8.0 5.0 - - -
1978 Astros 3 1 .750 12 0 n/a 32.9 8.1 5.8 - - -
1979 Astros 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 54.3 7.1 9.1 - - -
1979 Red Sox 3 2 .600 1 0 26 24.0 9.5 5.9 - - -
1980 Yankees 2 1 .667 18 0 21 36.1 8.4 6.9 - - -
1981 Yankees 0 0 .000 15 0 6 26.0 9.2 13.0 - - -
1982 Yankees 0 0 .000 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 5.7 - - -
1982 Braves 1 1 .500 30 0 n/a 22.8 5.7 5.2 - - -
1983 Braves 0 2 .000 31 0 n/a 24.8 6.5 4.0 - - -
1984 Braves 0 0 .000 30 0 n/a 42.5 7.1 7.1 - - -
19 Years 27 28 .491 209 0 54 33.6 7.8 6.3 - - -

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Bob Watson Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1966 Houston Astros 38 Undetermined - -
1967 Houston Astros 11 Undetermined - -
1968 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined - -
1969 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined - -
1970 Houston Astros 8 , 27 Undetermined - -
1971 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined - -
1972 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined - -
1973 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined Stats -
1974 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined - -
1975 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined Stats -
1976 Houston Astros 27 $105,500.00 - -
1977 Houston Astros 27 $150,000.00 - -
1978 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined - -
1979 Houston Astros 27 Undetermined - -
1979 Boston Red Sox 5 Undetermined - -
1980 New York Yankees 28 $570,000.00 - -
1981 New York Yankees 28 $570,000.00 - Stats
1982 New York Yankees 28 $570,000.00 - -
1982 Atlanta Braves 8 "     " - -
1983 Atlanta Braves 8 $300,000.00 - -
1984 Atlanta Braves 8 $300,000.00 - -
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Robert José Watson was a Major League Baseball player with the Houston Astros (1966-1979), Boston Red Sox (1979), New York Yankees (1980-1982), and Atlanta Braves (1982-1984). Did you know that Bob was credited with scoring the one-millionth run in Major League history on May 4, 1975 , at 12:32 in the afternoon?

The Millionth Run Scored

Watson scored from second base on a 3-run homer by teammate Milt May at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. It was known that the 999,999th run had already scored, with sponsored updates being provided by and to every ballpark. Despite the lack of in-game urgency, Watson ran at full speed, reaching home plate approximately four seconds before Dave Concepcion , who had just homered in Cincinnati and was also racing around the basepaths. "I never ran so fast in my entire life," said Concepcion . But it was Bob "The Bull" Watson who won $10,000 and one million Tootsie Rolls!

Bob Watson Millionth Run Scored Newspaper Article

Bob Watson Millionth Run | The News Journal (Mansfield, OH) | May 5, 1975 | Page 21

On June 24, 1977 , Bob Watson hit for the cycle as a member of the Houston Astros (who were in the National League from 1962 through 2012). On September 15, 1979 , The Bull hit for the cycle a second time, this time as a member of the Boston Red Sox . Watson was the first player in Major League history to hit for the cycle in both the American & National League .

Since Bob Watson started the modern-day "I Hit A Cycle in Each League Club", two additional players have been able to join: John Olerud ( September 11, 1997 [NL] & June 16, 2001 [AL]) and Mike Cuddyer ( May 22, 2009 [AL] & August 17, 2014 [NL]).

Why did we include the phrase "modern-day" in the fact above? Because Bob Watson (and the other listed players) hit for the cycle in the American and National League, both modern-day leagues. John Reilly was actually the first Major League player to hit for the cycle in two different leagues, completing two cycles in the American Association (September 12, 1883 & September 19, 1883) then a third in the National League (August 6, 1890).

Bob Watson Baseball Card

Bob Watson | 1994 Ted Williams Baseball Card (#37) | Baseball Almanac Collection

When the Houston Astros named Bob Watson their General Manager in 1993, he became the first African-American general manager in Major League history. Three years later, when Bull was the General Manager for the New York Yankees , he became the first black General Manager to win a World Series . Read a few additional details online at MLB.com, in " Watson broke ground as player, executive ," or a comprehensive story Bull wrote himself in Survive to Win .

Bob WatsonBook

Bob Watson Book | Survive To Win ( Amazon ) | Published by Thomas Nelson (09/17/2004)

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