Bob Tufts is a former major league baseball player with a degree in economics from Princeton University, an MBA in finance from Columbia University and over twenty years of experience working on Wall Street. He has also taught or lectured at numerous universities and conducted baseball clinics in the United States and Israel. A cancer survivor (multiple myeloma), he is the co-founder of My Life Is Worth It, a not for profit that advocates for patient access and choice in medical care.
Mr. Tufts received a degree in Economics from Princeton University in 1977. His first career upon graduation was as a professional baseball player. Bob was a twelfth round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 1977. He pitched in the major leagues with the Giants in 1981 and the Kansas City Royals in 1982 and 1983. Upon retirement from baseball, he attended Columbia University and received an MBA in Finance in 1986.
Bob is a Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor at Yeshiva University, where he teaches numerous courses at the Sy Syms School of Business. He has also taught at New York University and Manhattanville College. Before his career in education, he worked at Jefferies, where he advised European private banks regarding transactions in American and Canadian equities. Before that, Bob was a member of a futures and foreign exchange sales and trading team that worked together for over twelve years. He held increasingly responsible positions at Bear Stearns, Credit Agricole, Lehman Brothers and Thomson McKinnon, specializing in the analysis of central bank activities and political events and their short and long term effects on capital markets.
Bob is a co-founder of My Life Is Worth It, an organization that advocates for patient and doctor access and choice in medical care. He has appeared on panels on behalf of patients at numerous medical conventions such as American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Biotechnology Industry Association and Closing the Gap Now. He is a former board member of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel, has served as President of the New York State Chapter of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and has participated in numerous clinics and events on their behalf. Bob has also conducted baseball clinics in Cooperstown for Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. and in Israel for the Israel Association of Baseball. He is a past member of the Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee and served on the Alumni Athletic Association and on an athletic department search committee to select the current head baseball coach. He also was elected to multiple terms as President of the Grover Cleveland Tenants Corporation, where he helped increase a depleted reserve fund and monitored extensive building renovations.
Bob has been a guest lecturer on legal, economic and social issues in sports at Fordham University, Concordia College, Dickinson College and the University of Virginia. He has written columns on baseball for Examiner.com, editorials on sports for major newspapers and columns on cancer care and healthcare issues for the Huffington Post. Bob has appeared as a guest on the New Jersey PBS “One on One” program, WFAN and ESPN radio and was the subject of articles in the New York Times and ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”. An essay he authored is included in the ESPN book “Fathers and Daughters and Sports”. Bob has also appeared on panels regarding Jews and baseball at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Yogi Berra Museum, the 92nd Street Y, Temple Emanu-El, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Isabella Freedman Center.
He lives in Forest Hills, New York.