Bob Prentice
Election Date: January 28, 1986
Induction Date: July 31, 1986
Birth Date / Place: August 12, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario
Primary Position: Builder
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Years: 1948 to 1995
Teams: Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

Bob Prentice

Bob Prentice was a multi-sport star in high school at Toronto’s Riverdale Collegiate. An all-star quarterback and standout hockey player, Prentice chose to focus on a baseball career. After signing with the Cleveland Indians as an 18-year-old, the Canadian infielder would hit .272 and belt 140 minor league home runs from 1948 to 1957. Unfortunately, the presence of stars Al Rosen and Bobby Avila at the major league level prevented Prentice from cracking the big league roster.

After retiring as a player, he became a part-time scout with the Detroit Tigers in 1959 and was responsible for the Tigers signing John Hiller, Mike Kilkenny and George Korince. On November 1, 1976, Prentice joined the fledging Toronto Blue Jays as their director of Canadian scouting, and held that post and several other executive positions until he passed away in 1995. Part of a Blue Jays scouting department that was considered the best in the business, Prentice played a role in the signings of Canadians Paul Hodgson, Rob Ducey, Denis Boucher, Nigel Wilson and Rob Butler. He received rings for his 15 year anniversary and from the 1992 and 1993 Blue Jays World Series Championships.

Prentice passed away in 1995, but a trophy named in his honour (Prentice Cup) is awarded annually to the Ontario high school baseball champion.


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