Religion: not determined yet
Name: Bob Russo
Other Names: Captain America
Number of Appearances: 2
Enemy of: unnamed gang of thieves
Employer: Bears (baseball team)
Note: pro-baseball player; briefly became Captain America
When Steve Rogers retired from being Captain America, some people thought they could take his place. Professional baseball player Bob Russo was one of these people. He donned a Captain America costume and ventured out to fight crime. Unfortunately, the first time he tried going into action, he misjudged a swing from the rooftops and crashed into a brick wall. He broke his arm and decided then and there that he did not want to be Captain America any more.
Bob Russo announced his intention to become the new Captain America in panels 3 and 4 on page 7 in Captain America (vol. 1) #178.
In the locker room after a baseball game, Bob Russo said to sports reporter Mitch: "Got a story for you boys today, Mitch. GIve you a chance to get your by-line someplace besides the sports page for once! First off, I'm quitting the Bears--"
Mitch was shocked. He exclaimed: "Wha-at?"
Bob Russo continued: "--and second... well, look at it this way: There's no more Captain America, right? What that means is, there's no costumed hero calling himself Captain America, right? Well, here's your story, Mitch--- --starting tonight, that's who I'm going to be!"
A young blonde kid in the locker room shouted: "A new Captain America! Incredible!"
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