THE PRIDE OF PASADENA, CALIFORNIA


THE JACKIE ROBINSON STATUTE


 DEDICATED NOVEMBER 29, 2017 - THE ROSE BOWL


GO VISIT!

THE PRIDE OF PASADENA, CALIFORNIA


THE JACKIE ROBINSON STATUTE


 DEDICATED  NOVEMBER 29, 2017  -  THE ROSE BOWL


GO VISIT!

Pasadena Sports Hall of Fame

Honors​​

1948

​Foothill League Player of the Year

All-San Gabriel Valley

All-CIF Southern Section

1982

Houston Astros Manager​

Born in Altadena, California, Bob Lillis was an outstanding shortstop for  Pasadena High School in the late 1940's. ​​​ He earned All-Foothill League, League Player of the Year, and All-CIF and All-Southern California honors. 


After high school, the 5'10 160 lbs. shortstop attended Pasadena City College before settling in at  the University of Southern California.  While he excelled as a Trojan, he  went unpicked during the MLB Draft.


​In 1951, Mr. Lillis was offered a contract as an un-drafted free agent by the Brooklyn Dodgers; his  salary was $11,000 a year.


Bob spent seven years in the minor leagues before the Dodgers called him up; he made his Major League debut on August 17, 1958.

PASHOF TRIBUTE

Bob Lillis

Bob Lillis

Bob exceeded expectations during his rookie season.  He played 20 games earning him a .391  average by seasons end.​​​  His most productive season came in the 1962; in 129 games for the Houston Astros he batted .249 with 114 hits, and scored 38 runs.


Bob's retired from the big leagues after the 1967 season.


​After retiring as a player, Bob Lillis was a scout for the Houston Astros from 1968 to 1970, served as the team's director of minor league instruction in 1972, and a was member of the coaching staff between 1973 and 1982. In 1982, he replaced Bill Virdon as the club's skipper, a job he held for three seasons.


Between 1986 and 1996, Mr. Lillis was  a member of the San Francisco Giants coaching staff.