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Bob Tillman

John Robert Tillman
Born: March 24, 1937 in Nashville, Tenn. 
Died: June 23, 2000 in Gallatin, Tenn.
Debut: 1962 | Pos: C
Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 205 | B: R | T: R
9 775 2329 540 79 262 1 .232

>> Visit the Bob Tillman biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.

Bob Tillman, who spent 9 seasons in the major leagues as a catcher, died June 23, 2000, from a heart attack at the age of 63.

He was the catcher for two no-hitters, one each from pitchers Earl Wilson and Dave Morehead.  On July 30, 1969, he hit 3 HRs in a game.

In 1967, the Braves acquired Tillman from the Yankees in a trade that included Bobby Cox and Dale Roberts.

In 9 seasons, he hit .232 with 79 HRs and 282 RBI.  In 1964, he hit .278 for Boston with 17 HRs and 61 RBI.

In his Associated Press obituary, he was quoted as saying that, as a rookie, he "couldn't hit a curveball with an oar."

Following his career, he worked at a food company in Gallatin, Tenn.

Source: Associated Press, Bill James Encyclopedia