Robert Henry “Bob” Cerv (May 6, 1925 - April 6, 2017) was chosen to start in left field over Hall of Famer Ted Williams in the 1958 All-Star Game and then beat Frank Thomas in the 1958 Home Run Derby. Bob began his career with the New York Yankees, where his spent three separate stints (1951-1956, 1960, 1961-1962) but also played for the Kansas City Athletics (1957-1960), was selected by the Los Angeles Angels (1961) in the expansion draft and finished his career with the Houston Colt .45s. Cerv played in the shadows of superstars such as Mickey Mantle and only played 100 or more games in four seasons with the Athletics. He played the outfield and pinch-hit for 12 years in the Majors and compiled a .976 career fielding percentage in 600 games. Cerv did play on three American League pennant-winning Yankees team and won the 1956 World Series. Bob’s best year came in 1958 when he finished in the top four for home runs in the American League with 38 and batted .305 with 157 hits and 104 RBI. Over 12 seasons in the Major Leagues, Bob Cerv batted .276 for his career with 624 hits, 320 runs, 105 home runs and 374 RBI in 829 games. After his playing days ended, he went on to coach at Southeast Missouri State College and John F. Kennedy College in his home state of Nebraska.