Clayton Laws Kirby Jr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Washington-Lee High School
- Debut April 11, 1969
- Final Game September 28, 1976
- Born June 25, 1948 in Washington, DC USA
- Died October 11, 1991 in Arlington, VA USA
Clay Kirby was a pitcher for three National League teams between 1969 and 1976. Kirby holds the distinction of being the San Diego Padres pitcher who has to date (as of 2016), come the closest to pitching a no-hitter for that franchise.
Kirby was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 1966 amateur draft. After working his way up to the Pacific Coast League in 1968, Kirby was selected by the Padres with the 12th pick in the 1969 expansion draft.
He was a spot starter for the Cincinnati Reds in 1975, helping them win the 1975 World Series. He then finished his career with one season with the Montreal Expos in 1976, but he went only 1-8, 5.72 for the last-place team.
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1971)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1969-1972 & 1974)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1971)
- Won a World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 (he did not play in the World Series)