Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1974 Topps - Jim Bibby.

Jim Bibby was traded to the Rangers in June of 1973. He threw a no-hitter for Texas in July of 1973 against the eventual World Champion Oakland A's. It was the first no-hitter in Rangers history.

With that introduction things were looking up for Jim heading into the 1974 season. He made the starting rotation and stayed there for 41 starts throughout the season. In those starts he went 19-19 while tossing 264 innings.

There was no no-no for Jim Bibby in 1974. He could have used one too. Might have lowered his 4.74 ERA. Possibly Jim struggled with his control during the season. He unintentionally walked 113 of the 1,134 batters he faced. He also hit nine batters and threw away 11 wild pitches. He did strike out 149.

Bibby's 41 starts were tied for the most on the starting staff and his 19 wins were second most. His ERA was the worst of the starting rotation though and his 19 losses were more than anyone else. All in all Jim had a rather mediocre season the year the Rangers made their first noise in the standings.

Steve over at 1974 Topps has already posted Jim's card, you can see his post here.

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