Robert Thomas Giggie
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
Bob Giggie , a 19-year-old righthander, was signed by the Boston Braves as an amateur free agent on July 5, 1951 and was assigned to the Paris Lakers of the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League. He appeared in eight games, going 2-2 with a 3.75 ERA for the Paris club in 1951. The Braves assigned Giggie to the Hagerstown Braves of the class B Interstate League in 1952 and the 6'1" pitcher went into high gear, winning 18 and losing only 7 in 26 appearances with a 2.82 ERA. His 18 wins tied him for the league lead and put him on the All-Star team.
Bob spent the next three seasons (1953-1955) with the Atlanta Crackers, winning 30 outings and losing 29 (including 12-7 in 1953) with an overall 3.97 ERA. In 1956 he went 8-10 for the Wichita Braves before entering military service. He mustered out in 1958 in time to make nine appearances for the Witchita club again going 1-1, and winning 12 and losing 7 with a 3.10 ERA for the Atlanta Crackers.
Giggie made it up to the now Milwaukee Braves in 1959, winning his only decision in 13 games in relief of starter Bob Buhl against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bob was also with the Kansas City Athletics in 1960 and 1962, finishing up his major league time appearing in 30 outings with a 3-1 record and a 5.18 ERA.
Giggie's 1961 season was spent with the Rochester Red Wings and the Hawaii Islanders, where he was 1-7 for both clubs. In 1962 he finished out his minor league baseball career with the Portland Beavers, going 9-13 with a 3.75 ERA. Giggie had been in pro baseball 11 active seasons (1951-1962), appearing in 310 minor league contests, winning 83 and losing 81 while pitching 1,442 innings, allowing 1,468 base hits along with 507 base on balls for a 3.92 ERA.
Giggie worked as a computer drafting operator for the Parson Engineering Company in Boston for 35 years before retiring. He continues working on a part time basis in the same capacity for the Vanderwield Engineering Company, also in Boston, and makes his home in Braintree, MA.