September 10, 1928|
|Died: June 7, 1999
Redwood City, California
|May 13, 1956, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 23, 1956, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||2.25|
Robert Mitchell Garber (September 10, 1928 – June 7, 1999) was an American professional baseball player. The right-handed pitcher had a highly successful minor league career, twice winning 20 games and notching one 19-victory season, but made only two appearances in Major League Baseball for the 1956 Pittsburgh Pirates. Born in Hunker, Pennsylvania, he stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg).
Garber's 20-win seasons came in 1949 and 1955. In 1949, he won ten games in the Class D Alabama State League and another ten after his promotion to the Class B Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League. During 1955, he went 20–16 at the top level of the minors, with the Hollywood Stars of the Open-Classification Pacific Coast League and led the PCL in strikeouts. In 1954, with the Denver Bears, Garber won 19 of 27 decisions, led the Class A Western League in strikeouts, and was selected to the all-star team. All told, he won 117 games, losing 81, during his nine-year career (1948–1950; 1953–1958).
He appeared in two MLB games with the Pirates in 1956, both in relief — pitching one inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in May and three innings against the Brooklyn Dodgers in September after spending most of the season with Hollywood. In those four innings, he surrendered three hits (including a home run to Brooklyn's Gil Hodges) and one earned run, striking out three and issuing three bases on balls.
- http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=garber001rob Minor league statistics from Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference