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James Warren Hardin

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[edit] Biographical Information

James Warren Hardin (August 6, 1943March 9, 1991) was a professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Atlanta Braves from 1967 through 1973. He was a member of one of the best pitching staffs of the 1960s and 1970s that included Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Tom Phoebus, and Mike Cuellar. Hardin earned a championship ring in the 1970 World Series and was part of the dominant 1969 American League champions who lost that year's World Series to the "Miracle Mets". An 18-game winner in 1968, Hardin pitched 4½ years with Baltimore, half of a season with the New York Yankees and one year with the Atlanta Braves. He finished his career with a record of 43-32 and a 3.19 ERA. Over the course of six major league seasons, Hardin's teammates included such luminaries as Hank Aaron, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Felipe Alou, Dusty Baker, Paul Blair, Mel Stottlemyre, Don Baylor, Davey Johnson, Thurman Munson, Phil Niekro, Orlando Cepeda, and Mark Belanger.

[edit] Career Highlights

  • 1969
    • On May 10, in a relief appearance, Hardin hit a game-winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.
    • On July 27, Hardin starred in the Orioles' most dominant shutout victory in their history, routing the Chicago White Sox 17-0. Hardin took the win over Chicago's Billy Wynne, allowing just two hits while the Birds banged out 20, good for 39 total bases. Hardin tossed a two-hitter with five strikeouts. He also hit a home run in fourth inning off Gary Bell.
  • 1970
    • He pitched a complete game shutout on May 26, 1970 against the Cleveland Indians who had only five singles for the game.
    • Three weeks later, Hardin pitched ten innings surrendering only six hits with zero walks versus the Washington Senators. The game finished with the score of 3-2 in favor or the Orioles, in 13 innings. Pete Richert earned the win in three innings of relief.
    • In Cleveland on August 6, he threw a complete game five-hitter in the second game of a doubleheader against the Indians. Hardin helped himself with a two-run triple in the second inning and also picked up another RBI by drawing a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning.
  • 1971

[edit] Uniform Numbers

Baltimore Orioles #44
New York Yankees #24
Atlanta Braves #27

[edit] Minor Leagues

Threw a no-hitter in a minor league game
1962 - Auburn Mets (A) - New York - Penn League - Falcon Park - Auburn, NY - League Champions
1963 - Quincy Jets (Class D/low A) - Midwest League - Quincy Stadium - Quincy, IL
1964 - Auburn Mets (A) - New York - Penn League - Falcon Park - Auburn, NY - League Champions
1964 - Williamsport Mets (AA) - Eastern League - Bowman Stadium - Williamsport, PA
1965 - Williamsport Mets (AA) - Eastern League - Bowman Stadium - Williamsport, PA
1966 - Elmira Pioneers (AA) - Eastern League - Elmira, NY
1967 - Rochester Red Wings (AAA) - International League - Rochester, NY

[edit] Death

Jim Hardin died on March 9, 1991 when his Beechcraft Beech 35-C33A crashed in Key West, FL. Shortly after taking off from Key West International Airport, the propeller of his aircraft failed due to fatigue, the engine stalled and the plane crashed while Jim attempted to perform an emergency landing. It came to rest in a parking lot of the TGI Fridays restaurant (which was under construction) located at 2710 North Roosevelt Boulevard. Jim is one of three Yankees who have died in aviation accidents, including catcher Thurman Munson in 1979 and Cory Lidle in 2006.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1968)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1968)
  • Won a World Series with the Baltimore Orioles in 1970 (he did not play in the World Series)

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