Card: 1971 Topps #701
Robert Roy Garibaldi (born March 3, 1942 in Stockton, CA) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1962 to 1963, and in 1966 and 1969.
Bob attended Santa Clara University, with whom he won the 1962 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award. He is the only player from Santa Clara University to ever win that award. He also set two records in that Series: a strikeout record (38 strikeout) and an innings-pitched record (272⁄3 innings pitched).
Although Casey Stengel of the New York Mets tried to convince Garibaldi to sign with them (he even left a game early to travel to Stockton, California, to try to persuade Garibaldi), Garibaldi chose not to sign with the Mets. Instead, he signed with the Giants. After signing with the San Francisco Giants for a record bonus of $150,000, Garibaldi jumped straight from college to the major leagues, making his big league debut on July 15, 1962. He was the ninth youngest player in 1962.
After 1963, Bob would not pitch in the majors again until 1966. In 1966, he appeared in one game for the Giants, pitching a near-perfect inning of work, allowing a single hit. He'd have to wait until 1969 to play in the big leagues again. Once again, he appeared in only one game, making the only start of his career. Despite pitching five solid innings and posting an ERA of 1.80, he still lost the game because his defense allowed three unearned runs (he allowed four runs total). He played his final major league game on October 1, 1969.
Although his big league career was over, his professional career was not. He continued to pitch in the Giants organization until the end of the 1970 season. He was traded to the Kansas City Royals on October 19, 1970 for Fran Healy, but despite his great 1971 Topps card (above), he never pitched for the Royals. In early 1971, he was traded to the San Diego Padres for Mike Jackson. He played for the Padres top farm team, the Hawaii Islanders, in 1971 and 1972 before retiring. He was a player-manager for the Phoenix Giants in 1970.
After his baseball career, Bob worked for many years as a college basketball referee.
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