Robert E. "Red" Farney
Elgin High School Class of 1947
Farney was born in Elgin on February 9, 1929, and is a 1947 graduate of Elgin High School. "Red" earned 12 letters (including four in his senior year) in four sports at Elgin High. He went on to Bradley University (Peoria, Illinois) where he competed in football and basketball. He was to reach the peak of his sports endeavors as a member of the famed Aurora Sealmasters softball team. As a Maroon football star, Bob played every minute of his senior year and was chosen second team end on the Chicago Daily News All—State team. He was an All-Conference basketball first team selectee in both 1946 and 1947. He played an end position with the Elgin Torpedoes Athletic Club football team in 1947 and 1948. Popular with both the fans and his teammates during the eight seasons he played center field with the Sealmasters 1957-64, Bob was named to the All-World softball team in 1961 and the All-American team in 1963. While Bob was a member of the Seals, the team won six West Central Regional championships, played in two All—Star series, and participated in eight World tournaments, winning championships in 1959 and 1961. He was inducted into the Illinois Fastpitch Hall of Fame in 1975. Bob is a basketball, football and baseball official for the Illinois High School Association and is an Elgin radio sportscaster.