Bob Oldis began his professional baseball career in 1949 as a catcher for the Emporia Nationals of the Virginia League. Over sixty years later, he is still an active scout for the Miami Marlins and has been honored as Midwest Scout of the Year. His story has been one of struggling to earn a place in the majors to the triumph of winning a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960. He surmounted the tragedy of losing two sons to muscular dystrophy and his wife to Alzheimer’s, all the while facing the day-to-day challenges as a player, coach, manager, and scout.
Bob’s life story is one inspired by baseball in times of happiness and sustained by baseball in times of sadness. As you read this book, you will come to see why others have said, “Every team needs a Bob Oldis.” Even more, you will see why Bob Oldis once said, “Baseball is a beautiful game. One I love to be around.”
AUTHOR: Stephen Bratkovich
"Bob Oldis—what a great baseball journey. Highs, lows, and everything in between including a World Series ring. Every championship team needs a Bob Oldis—and the Pittsburgh Pirates were lucky to have him in 1960—the year they brought down the mighty Yankees.” —Steve Blass, former player and current Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster
Review from Iowa City Press-Citizen: http://www.press-citizen.com/story/life/2015/09/09/life-c-baseball-legend-bob-oldis-told-new-biography/71925894/
Stephen Bratkovich is a Project Manager at Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis nonprofit specializing in environmental information. He is a forester by academic training and a baseball enthusiast by interest. He is a member of the Halsey Hall Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.