Robert Edward Belloir (July 13, 1948), is a former professional baseball player. Born in Heidelberg, West Germany, he was the 25th German born player in Major League Baseball.
Belloir attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the eighth round of the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft. He batted .233 with three home runs in five and a half seasons (he missed the entire 1971 season due to military service) in their farm system when he was the player to be named later in the deal that sent Blue Moon Odom and a player to be named later to the Atlanta Braves (for whom Belloir worked as a stadium usher prior to signing with the Indians) for Roric Harrison midway through the 1975 season.
Belloir received his first call to the majors when a broken thumb sidelined Braves second baseman Marty Perez. A shortstop by trade, Bellior filled in at short while regular Braves shortstop Larvell Blanks filled in at second. He made his major league debut on August 2, and fouled out pinch hitting for pitcher Max Leon in his only at-bat.
Belloir surprised many with his hot hitting when he arrived in the majors. He went 4-for-4 on August 22 with four runs batted in against the St. Louis Cardinals. The following day, he collected two more hits to bring his batting average to .313.
From there, Belloir cooled down, ending the season with a .219 average. He split the next three seasons between the Braves and their triple A affiliate, the Richmond Braves, playing some second and third base as well as short. He was inducted into the Mercer University Hall of Fame in 1981.
- ^ "Belloir Bounces Cards". Waycross Journal-Herald. August 23, 1975.
- ^ "Atlanta Braves 8, San Diego Padres 6". Baseball-Reference.com. August 2, 1975.
- ^ "Atlanta Braves 9, St. Louis Cardinals 5". Baseball-Reference.com. August 22, 1975.
- ^ "Members of the Mercer Athletic Hall of Fame". July 6, 2006.
By Dean Hanley
Page : 1