Bobby Wilkins

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Bobby Wilkins
Born: (1922-08-11)August 11, 1922
Denton, North Carolina
Died: January 3, 2010(2010-01-03) (aged 87)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1944, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 6, 1945, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .257
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 7

Robert Linwood Wilkins (August 11, 1922 – January 3, 2010) was a shortstop in Major League Baseball who played from 1944 through 1945 for the Philadelphia Athletics. Listed at 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), 165 lb., Wilkins batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Denton, North Carolina.

Wilkins attended Catawba College, where he played in the baseball squad along with Vern Benson and Ray Poole. He entered the majors in 1944 with the Athletics, playing for them in part of two seasons as the primarily backup to incumbent shortstop Ed Busch.

In a two-season career, Wilkins was a .257 hitter (46-for-179) in 86 games, including 29 runs, six doubles, seven RBI, two stolen bases, and a .304 on-base percentage.

After that, Wilkins attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and graduated from FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

A resident of Shreveport, Louisiana for 60 years, Wilkins also played Minor League Baseball for eleven seasons, four of them with the Shreveport Sports of the Texas League, where he set league records of 159 most consecutive chances without committing an error (1949), and for the most double plays (71) started in a season (1951). He posted a .249 career average in 1017 games.

Following his baseball career, Wilkins worked as Chief of Identification for the Caddo Sheriff's Department, and was elected president of the Louisiana Division, Inc., International Association for Identification. After retiring he taught and coached in local high schools.

Wilkins died at the age of 87 following a lengthy illness, and is interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Shreveport.


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