Bob Gilks

  • Card series: Beginnings: 1880's
  • City: Cleveland
  • Team: Blues (AA)
  • League: American Association

Robert James Gilks (1864-1944) was an outfielder and pitcher for the Cleveland Blues, Spiders and Baltimore Orioles from 1887-1893. In the OF, Gilks was credited with piloting the strategy of trapping fly balls in order to get force-outs. He was said to have been the first OF to get an unassisted double-play.

  • Another first: two bases-loaded doubles in the same inning, Aug. 5, 1890
  • Played on the famed Orioles squad with McGraw, Keeler, Kelley, and Wilbert Robinson in ’92-3

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