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James Edward Bird

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.

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Red Bird pitched in a single game in the major leagues at the age of 31, but was a veteran of many minor league seasons.

Bird's single game was with the 1921 Washington Senators on September 17, 1921 when the opposed the Cleveland Indians at Griffith Stadium. The Indians knocked out starter George Mogridge with one out in the second inning and Frank Woodward came in on relief and pitched through the fourth when he was pinch-hit for.

It was then Bird's turn to pitch. He finished the game, pitching 5 innings, facing 21 batters and gave up 3 runs. He stuck out two and walked one batter and hit a 22-year old Joe Sewell with a pitch. As a batter, he struck out in his single at-bat. He would never appear in another Major League game.[1]

Bird continued to pitch in the minor leagues for many years - he was 9-13, 4.59 for the 1922 Shreveport Gassers and 12-13 for the St. Joseph Saints that year, a busy one. In '23, Red was 11-11, 3.71 for the Memphis Chickashaws and Mobile Bears. The next season, the pitcher had a 4-6, 3.62 year for Mobile and the Nashville Volunteers. He was also 8-6 with a 2.98 ERA for the Galveston Sand Crabs. In 1925, the man with the colorful name had a 23-7, 3.90 year for the Houston Buffaloes and the Waco Cubs. He tied Paul Wachtel for the Texas League lead in victories and was in the top 10 in ERA. At age 36, Red was 6-4 with a 3.26 for the Fort Worth Panthers. He completed his career in 1927 by going 1-2, 2.45 for Fort Worth and the Oklahoma City Indians.

[edit] Sources

  1. . "Indians Increase Lead By Winning", New York Times, September 18, 1921, 90.

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