A 1947 graduate of Puyallup High School, Bob played for Midland in the Sunset, Valley, and City Leagues from 1947-1954 and was a member of the 1950 Valley and Sunset League champs. Known as one of the top throwers and fiercest competitors on the mound, Bob was selected to participate in three City League All-Star games.
In 1950 while pitching for Midland in the Valley League, Bob pitched in three games that ended with a score of 1-0. He won two of those and scored the winning run in each game. He lost 1-0 in 14 innings to Madigan in the other game.