Bob Friend

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Birthdate11/24/1930
Death Date2/3/2019
Debut Year1951
Year of Induction
Teams Mets, Pirates, Yankees
Position Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates franchise leader in strikeouts and innings pitched, Bob Friend also gave up the first of Pete Rose’s 4,256 career hits

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Bob Friend reflects on giving up Pete Rose's 1st MLB hit and facing Jackie Robinson in his final at bat

Bob Friend reflects on giving up Pete Rose's 1st MLB hit and facing Jackie Robinson in his final at bat

Bob Friend enjoyed a 16-year big league career in which he was a 20-game winner and a three-time All Star. He also gave up the first career hit for Pete Rose and pitched to Jackie Robinson in the Dodger star’s final at bat. Shown here is a questionnaire signed and filled
Bob Friend autographed Topps All Star card

Bob Friend autographed Topps All Star card

This autographed card commemorates Bob Friend’s 1958 All Star season. Friend won a career-high 22 games that season to lead the league. From 1956-1960 Friend made three All Star teams, winning a total of 83 games over that span. Friend’s appearance in the ’58 mid-summer classic did
A pair of Bob Friend autographed Topps cards

A pair of Bob Friend autographed Topps cards

The Pittsburgh Pirates franchise leader in strikeouts and innings pitched, Bob Friend was also the first pitcher to lead the league in ERA while playing for a last place team. Shown here is a pair of autographed Bob Friend Topps cards, one from 1957 the other from 1961. The Pittsburgh hurler passed
Bob Friend and Pittsburgh pitchers sign this 1959 Topps offering

Bob Friend and Pittsburgh pitchers sign this 1959 Topps offering

“Buc Hill Aces” is the title of this card that features four Pirate pitchers, Ron Kline, Bob Friend, Vern Law, and Roy Face. Each has signed this 1959 baseball card produced by Topps Chewing Gum. The quartet was the mainstay of the Pittsburgh staff as the Kline, Friend, and Law combined
Topps 1958 Mound Aces card signed by Bob Friend and Billy Pierce

Topps 1958 Mound Aces card signed by Bob Friend and Billy Pierce

Bob Friend had a career year in 1958, the year this Topps “Mound Aces” card was produced. With 22 wins, Friend earned the second of his three Al Star berths. Pictured with Friend is White Sox hurler Billy Pierce. The Chicago pitcher won 20 games in both 1956 and 1957

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