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BOB MONTGOMERY
Born: April 16, 1944 in Nashville, Tennessee
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
First Game: September 6, 1970 ; Final Game: September 9, 1979
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Bob Montgomery This article was written by Bill Nowlin and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Nashville native and Red Sox catcher Bob Montgomery was born as Robert Edward Montgomery on April 16, 1944. He played his entire career with one major league team - the Boston Red Sox - a career that encompassed the 1970s, from his debut on September 6, 1970 to his final game on September 9, 1979.Monty took a while to make the majors, initially signed as an amateur free agent by the Red Sox on June 9, 1962. Baseball ran in the family. His father played sandlot ball and was apparently pretty good. Bob's brother Gerald was also in the Red Sox farm system for a while. Bob himself played several sports for Central High School in the Tennessee capital, and was all-state in three sports, but it was always baseball that held the greatest appeal. For Central, he pitched, played first base, and played outfield. It was only later that he made the move to set up behind the plate. After high school graduation, Red Sox scout George Digby got Bob Montgomery's signature on a contract and the 18-year-old was assigned to the Olean, New York team in Boston's farm system. There he played third base and batted .273, earning him a step up in the system in 1963. The new year saw Montgomery playing in Waterloo, Iowa under manager Len Okrie. Monty explained to author Herb Crehan that Okrie suggested he become a catcher. Okrie told him, "If you want to make it to the majors, you're going to have to make yourself into a catcher. You don't have the power to make it at the corner positions in the majors, but you could make it as a catcher." Monty got in a little backstop work late in '63, but the following year served as the full-time catcher for Waterloo and even made the league's All-Star team. He told Crehan that he'd found the transition a relatively easy one.
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