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Hall of Fame Spotlight: Bob Gilmore



Robert H. "Bob" Gilmore embarked on a baseball career that began playing stick ball at Town Park, ended in the professional ranks with the Milwaukee Braves organization and landed him in the Milford High School Hall of Fame more than half a century after his graduation.
"I was surprised, very surprised," Gilmore, 83, said when asked his reaction to being inducted this fall. "I go back a long way."
A towering presence on the mound at 6'4", Gilmore compiled a 6-1 record as a senior captain of the 1951 Scarlets and went 40.2 innings without allowing an earned run. He earned all-star recognition and helped the team to a league title. Gilmore was also a two-year standout for the 1949 and 1950 Powers Post Legion teams, including the 1950 squad that finished second in the state.
"I remember had had some pretty good teams," Gilmore said. "We had a lot of people that were good athletes and we had a good time."
Gilmore continued his playing career when he was signed in 1952 by the Boston Braves, who moved to Milwaukee the next year. The Milford kid moved to Appleton, Wis. the following summer, where he led the Class D league with a 2.90 ERA. After an arm injury, the organization said he could pitch in a warmer climate. In 1954, Gilmore finished 13-5 with Lawton, Okla.
"Boy, was it hot," Gilmore said with a laugh. "You couldn't get in the car on the side of the sun, it'd burn you right off."
Despite a winning record, Gilmore said he no longer had his best fastball. Another arm injury ended his career in 1955. He moved back to Milford, where he has lived his entire life, and served on the executive board of the MHS Boosters' Club for 28 years.
Before being paid to play, Gilmore's love for baseball was nurtured in Milford, where he worked as the clubhouse boy for the Milford Town Team and kept score for the town's little league squad. Gilmore played for legendary coaches, including Charlie Brucato, Charlie Espanet, Pep Morcone, and Hop Riopel. 
As a kid, he said he and his friends would play baseball on the Town Park diamond, and play stickball in the tennis courts.
"If you got there at 9 a.m., you'd have to wait until someone had to do an errand downtown to get a spot," Gilmore recalled. "Luckily, I always got there early."




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