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 and other major online book retailers, in both printed and digital formats.

A Hero Gone…
May 18, 2011   //   by bwilber

The headline atop the column written by Tom Powers, the fine sportswriter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, said it succinctly and perfectly: “It Just Got Harder To Find An Old-Fashioned Sports Hero”

On Tuesday, May 17, we lost Harmon Killebrew and the world is a slightly emptier place, left with less class and grace than it had when Harmon was with us. True, he was a magnificent ballplayer who rightfully earned a place in Cooperstown, but any person who ever had the chance to be near him knew he was far more than that, and the hollow pang of mourning is not so much for the loss of a Hall Of Fame slugger, but more for the loss of a truly great human being. Harmon the man was far more important than Harmon the slugger.

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Welcome Bert Blyleven!
May 6, 2011   //   by bwilber

Hi everyone…  Today we have such a special guest blogger I’m not even sure how to state the honor of it accurately. Let’s see…  I’m wondering many times have I written the line “Our guest blogger today will be inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame this July.”  Using both hands and our guest blogger’s “California math” I come up with the grand total of “this is the first time I’ve ever written that sentence.”  And trust me, I’ve written a lot of sentences.

I present to you our Advisory Council member, Bert Blyleven. He has supplied this first-hand account of his recent trip to Cooperstown for his Hall of Fame orientation, and it’s a terrific inside view of what must be one of the great thrills any athlete can experience.  Enjoy!

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Welcome Vince Gennaro, Guest Blogger
Apr 27, 2011   //   by bwilber

I come to you, today, on a cold and blustery late-April Wednesday in Minnesota. The Twins and Rays had their game postponed last night, by a combination of rain, sleet, cold, wind, and all-around miserable conditions, and frankly things aren’t much better today but this evening’s 7:00 pm start is still on the docket. Frankly, it doesn’t seem much like a baseball day. The odd snow flake fluttering from a gray sky will do that…

So, rather than force the issue with memories or tales from warmer days on fields of green grass and finely raked dirt, we thought it best to bring aboard our first guest blogger today, here at Bob On Baseball.

Vince Gennaro is a member of the TPGF Advisory Council, and he brings a wealth of important experience and talent to our mission. A former executive at PepsiCo, Vince is now widely known for his innovative and insightful baseball analysis programs, as well as for his book “Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball”.

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