Robert Kohout

Robert Kohout's baseball career took him around the country in minor league play and all the way to a Spring Training appearance with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Born Aug. 7, 1921, in Tacoma, he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1939 and attended both San Francisco State and Pacific Lutheran College from 1939-40.

Following his prep pitching career at Lincoln, Kohout traveled to Big Spring, Texas, to play in the West Texas-New Mexico League in 1941. He compiled a 17-10 record with a 2.59 earned run average for one of the best years of his career. He spent the next season with Santa Barbara in the California State League and Hutchinson, Kansas, in the Western Association League before joining the United States Coast Guard in 1943.

After leaving the Coast Guard in 1945, Kohout pitched in Danville, Illinois in the Three I League, where he compiled a 14-3 record and a 2.29 ERA, both marks ranking second in the league. That performance earned him a trip to Spring Training with Brooklyn. A shoulder injury prompted his retirement in 1947, although he attempted a comeback with Pueblo, Colorado, the following season while also serving as an assistant manager. He returned to Tacoma in 1949 to spend two years in the Tacoma City League as a coach and player.