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BOB CHAKALES
Born: August 10, 1927 in Asheville, North Carolina
Died: February 18, 2010 in Richmond, Virginia
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 185
First Game: April 21, 1951 ; Final Game: September 17, 1957
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Bob Chakales This article was written by Bill Nowlin and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Major-league right-hander Bob Chakales was one of five sons born to Edward Peter and Blanche Wiggs Chakales – (sons in order: Robert, Charles, Dwight, and twins John and James). Bob was born on August 10, 1927, in Asheville, North Carolina. His mother worked in retail, selling women's clothing, and his father – known as Eddie Pete – worked in a number of fields: the restaurant business, selling shoes, and as a brakeman with the railroad. Times were tough in the Depression and though both of Bob's parents had jobs in Asheville, when Bob was in the fifth grade, the family moved to Dunn, North Carolina. That's where Eddie Pete had one of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut shops, the company having opened in North Carolina in 1937.Two of Eddie Pete's older brothers were born in Greece, Bob said. Eddie Pete himself was born in Pittsburgh, where the family seems to have first settled after coming to the US in 1902. Eddie Pete's father, Peter, worked in confectionery manufacturing.Bob hadn't played any organized baseball in Asheville, but played a lot of true sandlot ball. "We used to stitch corncob parts together to make balls," he said adding that he also spent some time reading about Babe Ruth. (Not long before Ruth died, Bob was able to meet the Babe at a special event and shake his hand.)

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