Bob Wilber grew up aspiring to follow in his father’s baseball footsteps, and while he was able to secure a full college scholarship and later spend parts of six years in professional ball, as a player, coach, and scout, his mother’s writing, communications, and public relations skills were what eventually defined his career. After a successful and adventurous sports-marketing trek through the sports-apparel business, agency work, and professional indoor soccer, he saw his first drag race as he closed in on his 40th birthday. Little did he know that he’d go on to spend 20 consecutive years as a team manager and PR representative for Del Worsham and then Tim Wilkerson, two of the most popular Funny Car drivers on the NHRA tour. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Bob ended his drag racing run in order to take on an important personal assignment. Over the course of 2016 he wrote his autobiography, entitled “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” and submitted it to the publisher in early February. It was released in late May, 2017 and is available on Amazon.com and other major online book retailers, in both printed and digital formats.

Odds and Ends, and Some Things You May Not Have Known
May 28, 2020   //   by bwilber

Welcome, blog faithful, and here we are back on our normal Thursday schedule. It’s good to be here. First of all, I’m very pleased and completely honored that my “comeback blog” on Monday (posted after our site had been down for a few weeks) was received so well. It seemed to have touched a chord with a lot of people, and many of the comments or emails I received were beyond kind. Please know that I very sincerely appreciate everything from the “likes” on Facebook to the emotional things many people told me.

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And… WE’RE BACK!!!
May 25, 2020   //   by bwilber

It’s been almost three weeks since my last blog post. I wasn’t lazy, I wasn’t forgetful, I wasn’t even on strike or instituting any kind of work stoppage. The work stoppage was forced by the website itself. It disappeared. Vanished. Crashed and burned. All of the above. We weren’t really sure, but whatever had befallen The Perfect Game Foundation website was bad. And what’s bad for TPGF is bad for the blog.

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The Wayback Machine
May 7, 2020   //   by bwilber

Remember the fabulous cartoon “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” that ran as part of the “Rocky and Bullwinkle” series on TV? It was incredibly smart, as was the “Rocky and Bullwinkle” stuff, because it appealed to kids as well as adults. Those were the halcyon days of Saturday cartoons. If you could thread the needle to make kids laugh and pay attention, but also deliver life lessons and political satire to adults, you had a winner.

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A Fraternity. A Brotherhood
Apr 30, 2020   //   by bwilber

“This is like a fraternity, isn’t it? Like a brotherhood. You guys are pretty special.” Those words were spoken to me by Barbara Doyle not long after we tragically lost my teammate, roommate, and friend Bob “Radar” Ricker last September. Our large group of former SIUE Cougar Baseball players were all reaching out, making contact, sharing memories and trying to absorb and digest it all. It was horrible, but we had each other. We needed each other. I talked, texted, or emailed to many guys more in that next month than I had since school, especially James “Oscar” Noffke, who was closer to Radar than any of us. It’s a brotherhood, for sure. We kept each other grounded and sane.

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Hunkering. Adapting. Wondering. Philosophizing. C’mon Man.
Apr 23, 2020   //   by bwilber

Merriam Webster (the dictionary people) define the word “hunker” as seen to the right. For some evolutionary reason, we all seem to have adapted the word to mean more of a mentality thing than a physical act. I don’t think too many of us are literally crouched down or just squatting on the floor. I mean, maybe on a really bad day, but not as a daily routine. We instead see “hunkering down” as a way to get through this. We conserve. We cook. We clean. We wear our masks and gloves. That’s hunkering in the 2020 Covid 19 vernacular.

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