A veteran of nine major league seasons, Knoop played gold-glove second base for the California Angels from 1964-1969. Teaming with Jim Fregosi to form one of the best double-play combinations in the game, Knoop won the American League Gold Glove from 1966-1968. His best season at the plate was 1966 when he hit a career-high 17 home runs to go along with 11 triples, which led the league. Knoop earned his lone trip to the All-Star Game that year and finished 18th in the MVP vote. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 1969 and spent the next two seasons with them. He played two more years after that, for the Kansas City Royals, before retiring in 1972. Following his playing career, Knoop was a coach in the major leagues for 21 years with the White Sox, Angels and Toronto Blue Jays.
Bobby Knoop – career stats