Sunday, April 13, 2014

Player Profile; Jim Bibby

I have twelve cards of Jim Bibby. This one is from 1982 Fleer.

Playing career: Jim Bibby was one of the best unheralded pitchers of the 1970s. He put up excellent numbers for lousy teams in Texas and Cleveland, highlighted by a no-hitter of the Oakland A’s at the peak of their dynasty in 1973. He signed with the Pirates in 1978 and was a key member of their World Championship team in 1979, leading the NL in winning percentage, a feat he would repeat the following year. Overall in twelve seasons he went 111-101 with a 3.76 ERA.

Post-playing career: After his playing career he was a minor league pitching coach for several teams. He died from bone cancer in 2010.

Interesting facts: Bibby served in Vietnam as a truck driver before his major league career began. His brother Henry Bibby and nephew Mike Bibby played in the NBA.

My memories: Before my time. Only know him from his card.

Google Autocomplete results: He is seventh when you type Jim Bi, between Jim Biber, an architect in New York, and Jim Bissett, a former aquarium owner in Riverhead, NY. Another prominent Jim Bibby is a code enforcement officer in Seattle.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Cam Biberdorf.

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