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Wednesday, August 1, 1973

THE SUMMER DAILY

Page Eleven'
Question: Who
is Jim Bibby?

By ERIC PREWITT
Associated Press Sports Writer
OAKLAND (AP) - Jim Bibby,
who began his baseball career
with Nolan Ryan as a New York
farmhand, is the latest no-hit pit-
cher to get away from the Mets.
The big right-hander threw the
first no-hitter in the Texas Rang-
ers' brief history Monday night,
striking out 13 Oakland A's in
a 6-0 victory over the world
champions.
"I'm a fastball pitcher," he
said later. "If my breaking pitch
is halfway decent, I'm going to
win some games up here."
By "up here," he means t he,
major leagues. The 28-year-old
hurler had appeared in only a
handful of big league games be-
fore the St. Louis Cardinals trad-
ed him to Texas June 6 for two
minor leaguers.
"Whitey Herzog has given me
the chance to pitch. With the
Cards and Mets I didn't get that
chance," said Bibby, who got a
$5,000 raise from his big league
minimum salary of $15,000 as an
immediate reward for his no-
hitter.
Texas' owner Bob Short was
here for the game, with his
checkbook.
Bibby has become the hardest
workipg member of Manager
Herzog's pitching staff, with 10
starts and three relief appear-
ances in his eight weeks as a
manager. His 5-4 record also in-
cludes victories on a one-hitter
and a two-hitter.
The A's were quick to compare

Bibby's fastball with that thrown
by Ryan, the California Angel's
pitcher who has two no-hitters-
this season.
"He's close. That's the first
time I've seen Bibby and I hope
it's the last," said Sal Bando,
who struck out once and drew
one of the six walks issued.
"Damn, he was quick," s a i d
losing manager Dick Williams.
"He was conveniently wild. He
did a heck of a job. I can't get
upset."
Bibby was 2-3 in 1965 for Marion
of the Appalachian League and
Ryan was 3-6 for the Mets' farm-
club. Both displayed the wildness
that would eventually make the
Mets give up on them.
"The Mets brought me up
twice, in the 1969 and 1971 sea-
sons, but I never got into a game
with them," said Bibby, who had
two good seasons with their Tide-
water farm team of the Inter-
national League.
Bibby was traded to St. Louis
after the 1971 season. Ryan was
dealt to California at the same
time and won 19 games for the
Angels last season, while Bibby
was spending most of his time
back in the minors again.
The no-hitter gave the Rang-
ers' last in the American League
West, their eighth victory in 10
games and cut the A's first place
lead to .001 over Kansas City.
Bibby got all the'runs he need-
ed in the first inning when Jeff,,
Burroughs and Bill Sudakis hit
consecutive 400-foot home runs
off Vida Blue, 9-7. Burroughs'
blast, his 17th of the season, was
his second grand slam in five
days.
F There were also some goo
fielding playo, though nothing
that could be classed as spec-
tacular.
"All the plays are tough when
you're going for a no-hitter,
though," said Bibby, who at 6-
foot-5 is bigger than his -brother,
Henry, a guard for the New York
Knicks of the National Basketball
4-Association.
AS YOU LKE IT
Aug. 22-25
Mendelssohn Theatre
Tckets at the Music Shop

AP Photo
TEXAS' JIM BIBBY, the newest star in the American League, hurls one of his blazin' smokers
toward Oakland's Gene Tenace in Monday night's 6-0 no-hitter by Bibby, the fourth of the AL season.
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