Thursday, February 18, 2010

Former Pirates pitcher Jim Bibby dies

From The Pittsburgh Tribune Review-

Former Pirates pitcher Jim Bibby, who started Game 7 of the 1979 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles, has died. He was 65.

Community Funeral Home in Lynchburg said Wednesday that Bibby died Tuesday night at Lynchburg General Hospital. The cause was not disclosed, and Bibby's family asked for privacy but said a statement would be released later.

Bibby is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and daughters Tamara and Tanya.

"All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates are deeply saddened by the passing of Jim Bibby," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said. "Jim was a well-respected member of the Pirates family, both as a player and as a coach."

Bibby spent five of his 12 major-league seasons with the Pirates, going 50-32. In 1979, he started Game 4 of the World Series against the Orioles, then came back on three days' rest to start the decisive game and "put the Pirates in position to take home their fifth World Series Championship," Coonelly said.

Bibby gave up one run and three hits in four innings and received a no-decision in the Pirates' 4-1 victory over the Orioles.

In 1980, Bibby enjoyed his finest season, going 19-6 with a 3.32 ERA. He was named to the National League All-Star team and was third in the Cy Young voting.

Bibby spent 12 seasons in the majors, also pitching for Texas, St. Louis and Cleveland. He went 111-101 with a 3.76 ERA and pitched the first no-hitter in Rangers' history, defeating Oakland, 6-0, on July 30, 1973.

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