Robert McCormack

Robert McCormack started his softball career in 1950 with the Braves and before he was finished he would play at some of the top parks and with some of the best teams of his era. After the Braves, he was recruited to play with the Yanks before heading over to play with Eddie Barretts for two years. He then moved over to play for the Crusaders until 1962. His playing days were interrupted by military service, but talented athletes always find places to play even when far away from home. He played basketball and baseball with the 1st Calvary from 1952 to 1954 while stationed in Sapporo, Japan. In 1958, while playing for Father Perez Knights of Columbus, he helped them to an undefeated season. In 1961, he joined the Chicago Police Department and applied his playing abilities to the Police League and the Grant Park League, playing with the 4th District for five years. They took first place for four years and he was selected to police all-star teams. His softball career ended in 1971, after playing for 21 years. During his softball career, he was known for his stellar defense and clutch hitting. While he primarily played shortstop, he also spent time at second base and carried a .600 plus batting average throughout his playing days. Bob McCormack and his wife, Gloria, have four children – Robert, Michael, John, and Patricia – and three grandchildren. He retired from the Chicago Police Department after thirty years of service. They live in Tinley Park, Illinois.