Jim Bibby

Wildness, inconsistency, and injuries plagued the unusually muscular 6’5″ 235-lb Bibby. Drafted first by the Mets and then by Uncle Sam, he spent two years in Viet Nam, one on the disabled list (after a spinal fusion operation), and five in the minors before reaching the majors in 1972. With Texas in 1973, he no-hit Oakland on July 30, and also pitched a one-hitter and a two-hitter. He went 12-4 with a 2.80 ERA for Pittsburgh in 1979 and pitched well in the LCS and WS. His .760 winning percentage (19-6) in 1980 was the NL’s best. On May 19, 1981 the overpowering Bibby allowed a leadoff single to Atlanta’s Terry Harper and then retired 27 Braves in a row. Shortly after that he suffered a rotator cuff injury that eventually ended his career. His brother, Henry, played in the NBA.