Bobby Sturgeon

Robert Harwood Sturgeon (August 6, 1919 – March 10, 2007) was a shortstop and second baseman in Major League Baseball who played between 1940 and 1948 for the Chicago Cubs (1940–1942, 1946–1947) and Boston Braves (1948). Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 175 lb., Sturgeon batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Clinton, Indiana.

Sturgeon was one of many major leaguers who saw his baseball career interrumpted when he joined the US Navy during World War II (1942–45). His most productive season came for the 1946 Cubs, when he posted a career-high .296 batting average.

In a six-season career, Sturgeon was a .257 hitter (313-for-1220) with one home run and 80 RBI in 420 games played, including 106 runs, 48 doubles, 12 triples and seven stolen bases.

Sturgeon died in San Dimas, California, at age 87.

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