Inductee Profile

Bob (Jake) Jacobson

2017

Bob graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1965 as a three-sport athlete for the Warriors, earning 7 letters. In baseball he was destined for greatness as a catcher since playing Little League. He threw with an exceptionally strong right arm, hit from the left side of the plate and had a great presence and command of the game. Bob helped lead the Warriors to 3 Ho’N conference championships, 3 sectional finals and Rice Lake’s second berth in the WIAA State Baseball tournament in 1964. That year the Warriors finished at 12 and 4 which included a 1 to 0 sectional final win over Superior East. In Bob’s senior year, they were 10 and 2, losing to Superior Central 2 to 1 in the sectional semi-finals, a year in which Bob was the team captain. From 1962 through 1965 he played American Legion Baseball for Rice Lake Post 87, earning MVP honors in 1965. In 1966 Bob attended UW-River Falls where he was a three-year letter winner as the starting catcher for the Falcons baseball team. He graduated in 1969. Bob then served in the US Army in Germany from 1969 to 1971. In 1972 Bob began living in Vermilion Alberta Canada where he raised his family and established himself as one of the finest catchers in the Province of Alberta, playing for the Calgary Odeans Senior Baseball Team and annually playing for the Provincial All Star Team from the Province of Alberta in the 40 & 50 years of age and older leagues in the Senior World Series of Baseball finals in Phoenix, AZ. He retired from playing baseball at the age of 55 in 2003. He was also instrumental in the promotion and founding of the Little League Baseball Program in Vermilion during the 1980’s. In football, Bob was a two-year letterman for the Warriors and as a senior for the 1964 season, played on both sides of the line as the team quarterback with a 5-2 + 1 record and was 1st Team All Ho’N Conference cornerback. In basketball, he also lettered two years as a playmaking guard and captain his senior year for the Warriors who were 10 and 4 in the Ho’N conference two consecutive years, in 1964 and ’65 with a 5 and 1 run in the WIAA Tournament in 1964 for a final 16 and 6 record and 13 and 8 in 1965. Bob owned and managed a Ford dealership in Vermilion for 35 years before retiring in January of 2016.

Bob (Jake) Jacobson