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John F. Kirby

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 172 lb.

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John Kirby pitched five seasons in the majors in three different leagues.

Kirby was born in Missouri and played his major league games for teams that were no farther east than Cleveland. He started with the 1884 Kansas City Cowboys of the 1884 Union Association for whom he appeared in two games at age 19.

In 1885-86 he played for the St. Louis Maroons of the National League, a team which existed only in 1884-86. He was the # 3 pitcher on the team in 1885 and the # 2 pitcher in 1886.

On September 8, 1885, Kirby matched up against John Clarkson and the two pitched a 10-inning 1-1 tie. Source: The Great Pennant Race of 1885.

The Maroons sold him to the 1887 Indianapolis Hoosiers of the National League, and he appeared in eight games before being sold to the 1887 Cleveland Blues of the 1887 American Association. The following year he finished his major league career back in Kansas City with the Cowboys, this time a team in the 1888 American Association.

After his major league days he played several more seasons in the minors. In 1888 he played part of the season with Memphis, a team which also featured the 38-year-old Davy Force and the 18-year-old Kid Nichols.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1886)
  • 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1886)

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