Robert "Bobby" Dernier
Robert "Bobby" Dernier, Raytown South High School, Class of 1975
Robert “Bobby” Dernier graduated from Raytown South High in 1975. At South, he was named an All-Conference, All-District and All-State shortstop. From 1976-1977, he attended Longview Community College.
Although he was offered a baseball scholarship to the University of Kansas and a baseball scholarship to Wichita State University, he opted to become a professional baseball player and signed with Philadelphia Phillies in 1978. Bobby played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1978 to 1983. The Phillies were the 1983 National League Champions, losing to Baltimore in the World Series that year.
Bobby played for the Chicago Cubs from 1984 to 1987. While playing with the Cubs in 1984, he was the first outfielder and one of only two in Chicago Cub’s history to receive the Gold Glove Award. He returned to the Phillies in 1988, where he finished his career in 1989. He played professional baseball in the major leagues for ten years and played in 904 games.
Bobby coached for the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs Minor Leagues as Coordinator from 1997-98 and 2006-2010 respectively. He was a Major League Coach for the Chicago Cubs from 2010-2011. In 1995, Bobby was inducted into the Reading, Pennsylvania Baseball Hall of Fame. He was honored as “CUB Legend” at the 100th Birthday Celebration of Wrigley Field on April 23, 2014. Bobby values his coaching experiences from little league to the majors and everything in between.
He is currently semi-retired and participates in various Major League Baseball Alumni Events, including CUBS Convention, CUBS Fantasy Camp, and CUBS spring training. He serves as the Cubs Alumni Ambassador periodically throughout the summer.
Bobby feels blessed to be a father and grandfather. He has four children and six grandchildren.
He considers baseball a life-long love affair, and he is very proud of his induction into the 2014 Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame.