An intimidating 6'4" 230-lb power pitcher, James was the Expos' first-round pick
in the 1976 June draft. After saving 10 games for Montreal in 1984 (his first full
ML season), he was traded to the White Sox and earned a club-record 32 saves in 1985.
But he essentially ended his 1986 season, and his career, that August 4 by tearing
a muscle in his pitching arm. Disabled for more than two months of 1987, the bearded
reliever could not regain his 92-mph fastball and was released. He recorded 73 career
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 9, 1987: Eddie Murray homers from each side of the plate for the 2nd consecutive game, a ML first. Murray's four home runs in two days help the Orioles to 7–6 and 15–6 wins over the White Sox. Yesterday, Murray took righty Jose DeLeon and lefty Ray Searage deep; today it is Joel McKeon (LHP) and Bob James (RHP).