August 7, 1922|
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Died: April 7, 1993
|April 11, 1955, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 22, 1957, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Earned run average||10.64|
Robert Somerville "Bob" Alexander (August 7, 1922 – April 7, 1993) was a Canadian professional baseball pitcher. He attended Bethany College in West Virginia. Alexander was signed by the New York Yankees in 1942. However, he did not make his Major League debut until 1955 with the Baltimore Orioles. He also played for the Cleveland Indians and the Toei Flyers in Japan.
New York Yankees
Before entering military service in 1944 he pitched for the Butler Yankees of the Class D Pennsylvania State Association and the Amsterdam Rugmakers in the Class C Canadian-American League. In 1943 he pitched for the Wellsville Yankees in the Class D PONY League and was 4–3 with a 3.60 ERA.
After his service he returned to the Norfolk Tars where he was 6–5 with a 2.64 ERA and also spent time with the Binghamton Triplets of the Class A Eastern League in 1946. Alexander continued to pitch in the minor leagues with the Denver Bears in the Western League, where he was 10–12 with a 4.15 ERA in 1947, and the Beaumont Exporters in the Texas League where he was 11–16 with a 3.70 ERA in 1948. In 1949 he compiled a record of 8–8 with the Louisville Colonels in the American Association and a record of 12–10 with the Colonels in 1950. He threw a no-hitter on July 29, 1950 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 1951 he was acquired by the Brooklyn Dodgers and pitched for the Montreal Royals in the International League, where he complied a 15–9 record with a 3.58 ERA. He performed well enough to earn a spot on the spring training roster with the Dodgers in 1952. He didn't make the club in '52, instead he was back with Montreal for the regular season and was 8–7 with a 4.34 ERA.
Alexander remained with Montreal in 1953 and after the season, he underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.
In 1954 he was acquired by the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League where he finished with a 10–12 record and 3.22 ERA. At the end of the season, Alexander, who was 32 years old at the time, was purchased by the Baltimore Orioles.
Alexander made his Major League debut in a relief appearance for the Orioles on April 11, 1955 against the Washington Senators. He would make a further three relief outings before returning to Portland in July to record a 10–10 record and excellent 2.66 ERA.
Alexander continued to be a stellar pitcher in the Pacific Coast League and got his final shot at the Major Leagues in 1957, when the 35-year-old right-hander joined the Cleveland Indians pitching staff. Alexander made five relief appearances for the Indians to end his Major League career.