- Bob Nieman was born in 1927, hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio.
- He went to Kent State, and signed on with the Reds in 1948. He would be a two time MiLB batting champion before debuting in the majors in 1951.
- He was a very good hitter throughout his 12 seasons in the big leagues. He got on base (career .373 OBP), hit for power (125 career HR) and played a good left field.
- His best season was probably 1956 (split between the White Sox and Orioles). He hit .320/.436/.495 with 14 HR. Good for an OPS+ of 159 and 4 WAR. He would finish 7th in MVP voting.
- He had a 21 HR season in 1959, good for a 146 OPS+.
- For a player as good as the numbers suggested, its a little weird that he only got one season of at least 500 at bats (1953). The guy never seemed to have a bad season, and even in the later stages of his career he was still getting on base at a good clip. In fact, his last at bat the in the majors (in the 1962 World Series), resulted in an intentional walk.
- One problem was that while he could hit, he might have also been a terrible base runner. He was 10 for 40 in stolen base attempts..not good. Also: in the last 53 times he got on base in his career…he never scored. Either he never made it around, or was pulled for a runner.
- He would retire after the 1962 season from Major League Baseball. But Nieman would squeeze in one more season in the Japan Central League, playing for the Chunichi Dragons. The 36 year old would hit .301/.357/.487 with 13 HR.
- Over 12 seasons in the Majors he amassed 18.1 WAR, hitting 125 HR and the owner of a .295/.373/.474 batting line. Not bad at all. I am a little surprised that he did not get at least one All-Star selection in his career.
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