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.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 30, 1973: The Rangers Jim Bibby no-hits first-place Oakland 6–0, while teammate Jeff Burroughs hits the 2nd of three grand slams in a 10-day period (July 26th-August 4th). Bibby, who came to Texas in a June 6th trade with the Cardinals, strikes out 13 batters.
»September 4, 1978: The Pirates' Dorian Boyland has a 1-2 count in his first ML AB when the Mets make a pitching change. Rennie Stennett pinch-hits, taking the 3rd strike. The strikeout is charged to Boyland, watching the completion of his historic AB from the bench. The Pirates sweep the doubleheader from the Mets to move within a game of the 1st place Phils. The Bucs take the 1st game 7–4 and then win 7–0 behind Jim Bibby.
»July 6, 1980:
Cub relief pitchers hold the Pirates hitless for 12.2 innings but it goes for naught in a 5–4 20 inning loss. Cliff Johnson's 2-out homer in the 9th off Blyleven tied it for Chicago. Jim Bibby (11–1) takes the win.
»May 19, 1981: Pirates Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to the Braves' Terry Harper in the first inning, then retires the next 27 batters for a one-hit 5–0 victory.
»May 25, 1983: In a 6–0 loss to the Braves, Pirates Jim Bibby and Jim Winn combine to walk seven consecutive batters in the 3rd inning, tying the major-league record set by the Senators Dolly Gray in 1909.