Robert Malcolm Tufts (November 2, 1955 – October 4, 2019) was an American professional baseball player who was a pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in parts of three seasons for the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals from 1981 through 1983.
|Born: November 2, 1955|
Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died: October 4, 2019 (aged 63)|
New York, New York, U.S.
|August 10, 1981, for the San Francisco Giants|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 6, 1983, for the Kansas City Royals|
|Earned run average||4.71|
He made his debut for the Giants in 1981, and pitched in 11 games for them that season. He held the distinction of being the last Princeton University baseball player to appear in a major league baseball game until Chris Young debuted with the Rangers on August 24, 2004.
The following spring, Tufts was traded to the Royals along with Vida Blue. During the 1982 and 1983 seasons he appeared in 16 games for the Royals. Midseason in 1983, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Charlie Leibrandt, but never appeared in a major league game again.
Tufts converted to Judaism, one of six major league baseball players who converted to Judaism during their careers. He was a participant in a 2005 seminar at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Jews and Baseball, and also performed baseball clinics in Israel.
Tufts earned an MBA degree in finance from Columbia University in 1986. He lived in Forest Hills, New York. He worked in futures and foreign exchange sales and trading, and worked at Bear Stearns, Credit Agricole, Lehman Brothers, Thomson McKinnon, and Jefferies Financial Group.
He was an adjunct professor at New York University, where he taught business development. He also taught sports marketing and management and principles of entrepreneurship as a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at the Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business and organization behavior in sports at Manhattanville College.
His wife, Suzanne Israel Tufts, served as Assistant Secretary of Administration at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2018. They have a daughter, Abigail Tufts.
In 2009, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He underwent pill-based and liquid chemotherapy and reached a recovery point at which he could undergo and autologous stem cell transplant. As of May 2010, he was in almost complete remission.
Tufts was a patient advocate and founder of My Life Is Worth It. He was an active speaker and frequently tweeted about issues regarding the need to involve patients more in the healthcare process.
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- Tufts, Bob (January 12, 2008). "A Strange, But True Baseball Story?? Former player called to testify before Congress". BlackAthlete. Archived from the original on May 5, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
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- Carroll, Yitzchak; Zimilover, Yossi (October 4, 2019). "Bob Tufts, Syms Professor, Passes Away at 63 after Long Cancer Battle". The Commentator. Retrieved October 8, 2019.