As a teenager, Carpenter persuaded his father, whose ill health required him to leave
Chicago, to move to Pensacola. There, he knew, Bill Terry ran a baseball school.
$25, Carpenter was taught the curveball and was placed with a minor league team.
He worked his way to Terry's Giants, had 11-win seasons in 1941 and 1942, and then
spent three years in the military. When he returned, an injury limited his ability
to play, and he retired.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»November 23, 1943: Commissioner Landis rules that Phils owner William
D. Cox is permanently ineligible to hold office
or be employed in baseball for having bet on his own
team. The Carpenter family of Delaware will buy the
Philadelphia club and Bob Carpenter, age 28, will
become president. The Phils, in an effort to change
their image, will conduct a contest for a new name.
The winning entry, the Blue Jays, submitted by a Mrs.
John Crooks, will be the unofficial team name
for 1944-45 until abandoned in 1946.
»January 13, 1959: State Senator Joseph W. Cowgill introduces a bill to build a stadium in Camden to induce the nearby Phillies to move to New Jersey. This effort is based on statements by Phillies owner Bob Carpenter that he is thinking of moving the team unless he gets a new stadium.