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Bob Lillis

Bob Lillis is a retired infielder, manager, coach, and scout in Major League Baseball (MLB) from the United States. Moreover, Bob Lillis was an original member of the 1962 expansion Houston Colt .45s who remained with the club (renamed the Astros in 1965) for more than two decades and later became its manager.

Early Life

Robert Perry Lillis best known as Bob Lillis was born on the 2nd June of 1930, in Altadena, California, the United States of America.

According to his birth date, he is currently 93 years old and holds American nationality. Apart from this, there is no other information regarding his ethnicity, childhood life, siblings, and parents.


Talking about his academic career, he attended Pasadena High School, where he was an All-Southern California shortstop for the baseball team. He began his baseball career at Pasadena City College before transferring to the University of Southern California (USC).

Professional Career

In 1951, Bob Lillis got his first professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He practiced as a shortstop and spent eight years in the Dodger farm system, where Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese, among others, overshadowed him.

Moreover, he made the Major League squad in 1958, the Dodgers’ first season in Lillis’ hometown of Los Angeles. He was moved to the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle of the 1961 season after failing to win the regular shortstop job, which went to Maury Wills.

Likewise, Houston selected him in the 1961 MLB expansion draft after he spent a half-season with the Redbirds.

Bob Lillis

Caption: Bob Lillis ready for pitching (Source:

He played nearly six full seasons for the Astros as a shortstop and utility infielder, serving as a coach for the first two weeks of 1967 before being activated as an infielder.

Moreover, he gets released by Houston at the end of the season. He batted in 817 games during his ten-year MLB career. His 549 hits included 68 doubles and nine triples, giving him a batting average of 236 and three home runs.

Coaching and Managing Career

After working in scouting and player development for Houston from 1968 through 1972, Lillis rejoined the coaching staff in 1973, under managers Leo Durocher, Preston Gómez, and Bill Virdon.

On August 10, 1982, he took over as manager of the team, which was fifth in the National League West Division. He was reappointed for full seasons from 1983 to 1985 after leading the squad to 28 wins in 51 games.

Houston never rose above second place, and despite having a winning 276-261 (.514) record during that time, Lillis was replaced by Hal Lanier at the end of the 1985 season. Lanier would lead the Astros to the NL West title the following year.

He then joined the San Francisco Giants coaching staff of a former Dodger colleague, Roger Craig, and stayed with the team for 11 years (through 1996).


During his baseball career and coaching career, he has helped his team to win several matches. However, he has not received any kind of awards or recognition in his career.

Bob Lillis – Net Worth 2024

From his baseball and coaching career, he has earned a decent sum of money in his career. Officially, he has not shared any information regarding it. Some online sources estimate his net worth to be around $1 million to $6 million.

Relationship Status

Talking about his relationship status, Bob Lillis married Gloria Jeanne Keithley in Los Angeles, California on the 31st of December, 1951. With marriage, the couple has two daughters; Joy Lynn, and Jan Robin. After her first daughter Joy was born, his wife Jean suffered from a miscarriage

Body Measurements

Bob Lillis

Caption: Bob Lillis posing for a photo (Source: Society for American Baseball Research)

Bob Lillis – Social Media

Bob Lillis stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs around 73 kg. Moreover, he has bright blue eyes with crewcut brown hair color. This former MLB player is not active on social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.