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Robert Mitchell Garber

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.

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Before the 1948 season Bob Garber was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent. The 6'1" nineteen year old righthander, was assigned to the Greenville Pirates of the class D Alabama State League where he appeared in 31 games and went 14-7 with a 3.48 ERA. In 1949 Garber would be with the Greenville club again going 10-4 with a 3.03 ERA and finish up the '49 year with the Davenport Pirates of the class B Three I League, winning 10 and losing 7 with a 2.30 ERA.

In 1950 Bob would be with the Charleston Rebels of the class A South Atlantic League, where he would lead the league in strikeouts with 205 and finished with a 15 won 9 loss record and a 4.11 ERA. In 1951-52 The United States Military Service would call for Garber and he would spend these two years in the Korean War.

Garber would spend four more years in the minors (1953-56) before getting a chance with the Pirates in 1956. Bob would go 19-8 with the Denver Bears of the class A Western League and make the All-Star Team in 1954. He would be elevated to the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1955, win 20 games and lead the league in strikeouts with 199. He would be back with Hollywood the following season, win 11 and lose 6 with a 3.56 ERA and spend his only time in the majors this year when he made it into two games out of the Pirates bullpen allowing two runs in four innings. He finished with a 2.25 ERA and no decisions in his big league tenure.

He would spend two more seasons in baseball, both in the Pacific Coast League, going 10-8 with Hollywood in '57 and finishing up his pro career with the Seattle Rainiers and the Portland Beavers in 1958 with a 5-10 mark. In Garber's nine active seasons in pro baseball he appeared in 320 contests, winning 117 and losing 81, while pitching 1,641 innings, allowing 1,425 base hits along with 624 base on balls and 609 earned runs for a minor league career 3.47 ERA.

After baseball Bob was a salesman for the Johnson Wax Company before retiring in 1991. He and his wife then traveled the country visiting some 30 states and 40 national parks before he died on June 7, 1999, at age 70 in Redwood City, CA.

[edit] Sources
Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
Baseball Players of the 1950s
SABR MILB Database:page

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