Bob Will: Another Bygone Cub Who’d Savor This World Series

Posted November 3rd, 2016 by Tom Owens and filed in Uncategorized
Check out the Baseball Almanac website. Great stats, and a tremendous library of authentic autograph examples!

Check out the Baseball Almanac website. Great stats, and a tremendous library of authentic autograph examples!

Ernie Banks

Ron Santo

Harry Caray

There’s one more name missing from that roster of departed Cub characters.

I’ll never forget Bob Will, the outfielder whose 1960 starting job was won by future Hall of Famer Billy Williams. Nonetheless, Will never stopped loving the Cubs.

I’m flattered he read this blog before his death from cancer in 2011. I enjoyed a couple of conversations with Bob. Near his final days, I was able to convince several former Cubs to call their teammate for one last stroll down memory lane. Even announcer Pat Hughes was among those who shared a telephone chat with him.

Bob never stopped loving the Cubs. He would have loved the 2016 World Series outcome, too.

 

 

4 Responses to “Bob Will: Another Bygone Cub Who’d Savor This World Series”

  1. Alan Cohen says:

    He was the mvp in the 1949 Hearst Classic.

  2. Chris Stiehl says:

    I wrote Bob in his last year. He signed my cards and wrote that he was dying so if I had any other card that I wanted signed, he would love to do so, but please hurry. What an offer, what a guy!
    -Chris

  3. Gary DalCorso says:

    I met Bob Will and his wife on a Caribbean Cruise in late November 1993. Being a great Cubs fan, I remembered his playing days and Bob was so kind. He autographed a photo of himself standing by the ivy at our beloved Wrigley Field which I cherish to this day.

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