Robert Jacob Farley
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 200 lb.
- School Lycoming College
- High School Montgomery (PA) High School
- Debut April 15, 1961
- Final Game September 26, 1962
- Born November 15, 1937 in Watsontown, PA USA
Bob Farley is the uncle of former minor league pitcher Joe Farley. Farley played two seasons in the majors, appearing in 84 games.
Bob was born in Watsontown, PA in central Pennsylvania. He went to Montgomery High School nearby, and attended Lycoming College, also in central Pennsylvania. He began in the minors at age 19 in 1957, and impressed his organization (the New York/San Francisco Giants) when he hit over .310 in both 1958 and 1959.
He got his first chance at the bigs with the Giants under manager Al Dark in 1961, on a team which also featured Willie McCovey, Willie Mays, Felipe Alou, Harvey Kuenn, Matty Alou and Orlando Cepeda. It wasn't easy to make the squad but Farley made his debut on April 15th. He was with the Giants for 6 games in April and early May, before rosters needed to be trimmed down, but didn't get a hit in 6 plate appearances. After spending much of the season with the Tacoma Giants, posting a batting line of .307/.437/.538, he came back for 7 more games in September when rosters expanded again, this time getting a couple of hits.
He was traded in the off-season and appeared with two American League teams in 1962, getting in 71 games. He was with the Chicago White Sox for the first half of the season, then was traded in mid-season to the Detroit Tigers. He hit under .200 with each team, but drew plenty of walks. He hit one home run for each team.
He then spent 1963-1965 in the minors.