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Steven Lee Busby

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Steve Busby was a 20 game winner and threw a pair of no-hitters during his 8 year big league career with the Kansas City Royals.

Despite struggling with injuries during his high school playing career, Busby was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 1967 amateur draft. After a knee injury, the Giants reduced their contract offer, and he instead elected to attend the University of Southern California. While at USC, he suffered an arm injury but recovered to lead the team to the 1971 College World Series title.

After being drafted by the Royals in 1971, Busby made it to the majors late in the 1972 season, throwing three complete games and posting a 1.58 ERA in five starts. In 1973, he threw a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on April 27th and ended the year with 16 wins, finishing tied for third in American League Rookie of the Year voting. In 1974, he was even better, winning 22 games, making the AL All-Star team, and hurling another no-no on June 19th against the Milwaukee Brewers. In his next start after the no-hitter, he went 5 1/3 innings before giving up a hit (retiring 33 straight batters over the two games).

In 1975, Busby won 18 games and again was an All-Star. However, he was soon slowed by shoulder and knee injuries, causing him to miss the entire 1977 campaign. He retired as a player following the 1980 season.

Bill James created a formula to calculate how likely a pitcher is to pitch a no-hitter. Based on that formula, Busby was the least likely pitcher in major league history (of pitchers who actually pitched two no-hitters) to pitch the two no-hitters that he did. See Expected No-Hitters.

After his playing days, Busby was a television broadcaster for the Texas Rangers from 1982 to 1995. In 1989, he played for the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Busby is the fourth cousin of outfielder Jim Busby.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time AL All-Star (1974 & 1975)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (1973-1975)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1974)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Season: 3 (1973-1975)

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