Professor Emeritus, English and Humanities Program
BA, MA, San Jose State University, 1964, 1969
PhD, University of Oregon, 1972
Robert F. Garratt is an Emeritus Professor of English and Humanities at the University of Puget Sound where he has taught courses on modern British and Irish literature, and international modernism. He was the university’s first Dolliver Distinguished Professor of Humanities, taught in the Honors Program for 22 years and is a former Director of the Humanities Program. He has written widely on modern Irish literature, including twentieth century Irish poetry and the contemporary Irish novel.
Rob grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area an ardent fan of the San Francisco Giants. Upon his retirement from full-time teaching at the university, he began research on major league baseball’s move in 1958 to San Francisco and Los Angeles. That initial research developed into a comprehensive history of the San Francisco Giants and the team’s relationship with the City and the greater Bay Area community. Rob’s latest book, Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants, describes the move from New York City in 1957, the early years in the Bay Area, the difficulties of playing In Candlestick Park, and the team’s move into a new downtown stadium where they have been phenomenally successful.
Home Team was honored by the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) as a 2018 Seymour Medal finalist, an award given to the best book on baseball history published in the previous year. Currently, Rob is at work on a biography of Charles A. Stoneham, who bought the Giants in 1919 and owned the team until his death in 1935.
Rob is a member of SABR and his baseball writing has appeared in the journal NINE and in the SABR bio-project and team histories.
He lives on Whidbey Island with his wife, Sally.