Englewood Cliffs baseball player Rob Kaminsky showed talent at 3
TIt’s no surprise that Rob Kaminsky is a high school baseball star – he could pitch before he could talk. he running joke inside the Kaminskys’ Englewood Cliffs home is that Rob, one of the best high school baseball players in the nation, could throw a ball before he could talk. Only the running joke isn’t a joke at all. It’s a true story. When Rob Kaminsky was 3 years old, he was already whipping baseballs into his father’s mitt and hitting them off a tee, but he hadn’t said his first word. It was a concerning situation for his parents, Donna and Alan. They had a perfectly healthy son who could hit and throw a baseball but had yet to say a word at an age when most kids – like his older brother and sister – were already jabbering away.
But therein lies the reason Rob remained silent. His older brother, Joe, and sister, Anna, were his voice.
“We took him to a pediatrician,” Donna Kaminsky says, “and the doctor said the older kids were probably speaking for him. If he needed something, they were always around to get it for him. He had no need to speak.”
Now he does. With Major League Baseball scouts lining up to meet the 18-year-old southpaw and discuss a potential life in the pros, Rob has to talk a lot, and he’s quite articulate too.
Unfortunately for him, the subject is usually the one he likes least: Rob Kaminsky.
“I hate talking about myself,” he says matter-of-factly. “I’m just a humble person who loves the game of baseball. I’m not perfect.”
Well, not completely. But last spring he was close.
BORN TO PLAY