Robert Appleby

Robert William Appleby, born July 20th, 1922 was a professional baseball player in 1947 and 1953. He attended Arkansas State University.



"Big Bob Appleby, ace southpaw of the [Arkansas State] Redskin diamond crew last year . . . The bespectacled lefty served 'em up for the Jonesboro Red Sox and the Memphis Chicks of the Southern Association last year when he finished his hurling chores for the Redskins' winning baseball nine."1

"Robert William Appleby, 83, of Norman, died Tuesday, July 11, in Norman. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crown Heights Christian Church, 4020 N. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. Mr. Appleby was born July 20, 1922, to William James and Edna Case Appleby. He served in the U.S. Army and was a World War II veteran. Mr. Appleby received his bachelor's and master's degrees before becoming a high school and college football and baseball coach. Prior to his coaching career, he was a minor league baseball player. In the 1952-53 season, Mr. Appleby took his baseball and football teams at Millikin University in Illinois to the conference championships and prevailed. He also coached football and baseball at the University of Toledo from 1953-57. Mr. Appleby was head football and baseball coach at Fenton High School in Bensenville, Ill., from 1960-85 where he won the conference championship. When he retired from coaching, he taught handicapped skiing at Winter Park Resort in Colorado from 1985-2004. Mr. Appleby was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothymaie. He is survived by his daughter Marilee Tussing and granddaughter Tori Tussing-Gadberry."2


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

1 Arkansas State Indian, 1948
2 The Norman Transcript, 7/24/2006