Robert “Bobby” Hoeft was born to Viola and Gerhart Hoeft on old Appleline Ave. in the shadows of Navin Field, which later became Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit in 1947.

That same year he was chosen for the Hearst All-American Team and was signed by the Detroit Tigers organization.

In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After four years of service, he returned to professional baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

He and his wife Pat live in Manchester, Michigan.