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Where are they now? Bob Tewksbury

Where are they now? Bob Tewksbury

CHICAGO -- For Bob Tewksbury, driving through Cape Cod to Nantucket Island for rest, golf and relaxation is a far cry from falling just shy of winning the Cy Young Award with the Cardinals in 1992.

Spending almost half of his 13-year career with St. Louis, Tewksbury created a persona as a crafty pitcher and won 33 games over two seasons. Now, as a sports psychologist for the Boston Red Sox, Tewksbury enjoys a little vacation in what is still a busy life.

Since his retirement at the end of the 1998 season, Tewksbury has not shown any signs of slowing down. After finishing his undergraduate degree in physical education, Tewksbury earned his Masters from Boston College in sports psychology and counseling.

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A native of New Hampshire, when the Red Sox offered Tewksbury a full-time position to help their Minor League players psychologically, he jumped at the chance.

"I had a lack of confidence, dealing with injury, bad games, and being away from home," Tewksbury said. "All kinds of these things that it's nice to be in a position to help these guys work through those.

"Jackie Robinson had a quote where he said, 'Life is not important except for the impact it has on others.' To have an impact on young men that are trying to live the dream that I was fortunate enough to lead is pretty cool."

Aside from his duties as a psychologist, Tewksbury has been an avid philanthropist since he entered the big leagues. With the Cardinals, he was an active participant with Cardinals Care and now helps out with his local Boys and Girls Club.

"We all, as adults, should provide volunteer services that will help these agencies," Tewksbury said. "I think as an athlete, you certainly create an awareness to an event and players that choose to do that, that's a good thing. I feel strongly about that."

ARI: Travis Lee | ATL: Mark Lemke
BAL: Chris Hoiles | BOS: Bill Lee
CHC: Randy Hundley | CIN: Eric Davis
CWS: Dan Pasqua | CLE: Dave Burba
COL: Curtis Leskanic | DET: Steve Sparks
FLA: Charlie Hough | HOU: Doug Drabek
KC: Mike Macfarlane | LAA: Rick Reichardt
LAD: Jim Gott | MIL: Don Sutton
MIN: Kevin Tapani | NYM: Ed Kranepool
NYY: Jim Abbott | OAK: Ben Grieve
PHI: Tommy Greene | PIT: Barry Jones
STL: B. Tewksbury | SD: C. Hernandez
SF: Brian Johnson | SEA: Henry Cotto
TB: Doug Creek | TEX: Dave Hostetler
TOR: Alex Gonzalez | WAS: W. Fryman

Known as a control pitcher, Tewksbury pitched out of his mind during his 1992 campaign, going 16-5 with a 2.16 ERA along with five complete games. It was the year of his only All-Star appearance and he finished third in the running for the Cy Young Award.

Along with another successful 1993 season, Tewksbury enjoyed several great years with the Cardinals, but missed out on his goal of playing in the postseason for his team.

Now with those days hanging in the rearview mirror, Tewksbury is filled with the fond moments he shared with teammates such as Ozzie Smith and Ray Lankford.

"Those years in St. Louis were very special," Tewksbury said. "I got a chance to have an opportunity to pitch in the big leagues and I made the most of it.

"I had success, my son was born there, I was able to play in front of great Cardinal fans and getting to play for Joe Torre -- so many good things happened.

"That year [1992] was the pinnacle of that."

Lee Hurwitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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