Addis circa 1953
November 6, 1925|
|Died: November 15, 2016
|September 1, 1950, for the Boston Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 12, 1953, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||47|
Robert Gordon Addis (November 6, 1925 – November 15, 2016) was an American professional baseball player. The outfielder appeared in 208 Major League Baseball games over four seasons (1950–53) for three National League teams. He threw right-handed, batted left-handed, and was listed as 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 170 pounds (77 kg).
Addis was born in Mineral, Ohio and graduated from Barberton High School in Barberton, Ohio. He signed with the New York Yankees in 1943, and after one season with the Wellsville Yankees, he took 1944 and 1945 off to serve in World War II as part of the United States Marine Corps. After returning from the war, he spent five more seasons in the minors for the Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers.
Breaking into the big leagues on September 1, 1950, Addis played his first game for the Boston Braves. He played 16 more games in that season, hitting safely seven times and scoring the same number of times. He played the 1951 season with the Braves as well, this time appearing in 85 games and contributing 55 hits and 23 runs with a single home run. The 1952 season was played with the Chicago Cubs and was a career best season for him. In 93 games, and 252 at-bats, he picked up 86 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, 38 runs, and a home run which capped off 20 RBI for Addis. The next season, he played 10 games in Chicago getting two hits and a run batted in before going to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he played four games. His final game was played June 6, 1953 in Pittsburgh.
Addis was later baseball coach and athletic director at Euclid (Ohio) High School, leading the team to a state championship in 1963. He was inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1975.