Bob Keating

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Bob Keating
Born: September 22, 1862
Springfield, Massachusetts
Died: January 19, 1922(1922-01-19) (aged 59)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 27, 1887, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
August 27, 1887, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Win-loss record 0-1
Strikeouts 0
Earned run average 11.00

Robert M. Keating (September 22, 1862 – January 19, 1922), was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. He appeared in one game for the Orioles on August 27, 1887—pitching a complete game, allowing 16 runs on 16 hits in the loss. An arm injury ended his career and he became an inventor, starting off by inventing various shaving devices.

1896 ad for Keating bicycles

In 1897, he started the R.M. Keating Company which manufactured bicycles, through his Keating Wheel Works subsidiary. Keating had some success for a time with his bicycle business and may even have invented the first motorcycle, though the company apparently folded before any were released.[1]

He also invented the rubber home plate, still in use today.[2]

External links[edit]

Media related to Keating Wheel Company at Wikimedia Commons