Oslo, October 5th 2017
It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of our dear friend and Hall of Famer Bob Mainardi.
“Big” Bob had been battling cancer since May. Although the news was not unexpected, it came a lot sooner than we had hoped for. This is indeed a very sad day.
Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.
Big Bob’s time with the Pretenders
Bob was inducted as our 9th member of the HOF in September 2015 in the NM Finals. He played 188 games in 19 seasons from 1991-2009. Bob was the most feared power-hitter in the 90’s and set the tone right away by becoming the first player to hit two home runs in a single game in his rookie season for the club.
Bob Mainardi’s 1995 season stands out as one of the greatest single season ever played by a Pretender – hitting .491 with 5 homers (still tied as a single season record with Håkon Jåtun) with 44 RBIs (2nd best ever) and 55 total bases (3rd best ever). Bob also co-founded the P-kids team and helped coach for several seasons.
His great accomplishments and stats aside Bob was a true gentleman and one of the kindest person you could ever meet. Long after his retirement, Bob still came out to the games to help us out in the best way he could - by just being Big Bob.
You were the biggest of them all Bob!
Rest in peace.