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Clay Kirby

Clayton Laws Kirby

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 175 lb.

Born: June 25, 1948 in Washington, DC
High School: Washington HS (Arlington, VA)
Drafted
by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 1966 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 11, 1969 (Age 20.290, 10,398th in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1969 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Padres/Reds/Expos 1969-1976

Last Game: September 28, 1976 (Age 28.095)
Died: October 11, 1991 in Arlington, VA
Buried: National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA
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Fine Details  · Last updated Dec 27, 2014 10:17AM
All-Time Rank (among pitchers): #1100. Oliver Perez… #1101. Bill Dietrich… #1102. Jeremy Hellickson… #1103. CLAY KIRBY… #1104. Don Elston… #1105. Ramiro Mendoza… #1106. Buster Brown… 

Standard Pitching

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
1969 21 SDP NL 7 20 .259 3.80 35 35 0 2 0 0 215.2 204 108 91 18 100 13 113 6 0 7 931 93 4.02 1.410 8.5 0.8 4.2 4.7 1.13
1970 22 SDP NL 10 16 .385 4.53 36 34 2 6 1 0 214.2 198 118 108 29 120 5 154 9 0 7 949 88 4.76 1.481 8.3 1.2 5.0 6.5 1.28
1971 23 SDP NL 15 13 .536 2.83 38 36 0 13 2 0 267.1 213 99 84 20 103 14 231 3 0 13 1107 117 2.88 1.182 7.2 0.7 3.5 7.8 2.24
1972 24 SDP NL 12 14 .462 3.13 34 34 0 9 2 0 238.2 197 87 83 21 116 11 175 2 0 8 1004 105 3.56 1.311 7.4 0.8 4.4 6.6 1.51
1973 25 SDP NL 8 18 .308 4.79 34 31 2 4 2 0 191.2 214 122 102 30 66 7 129 1 1 13 841 72 4.30 1.461 10.0 1.4 3.1 6.1 1.95
1974 26 CIN NL 12 9 .571 3.28 36 35 0 7 1 0 230.2 210 97 84 15 91 3 160 2 0 15 981 107 3.25 1.305 8.2 0.6 3.6 6.2 1.76
1975 27 CIN NL 10 6 .625 4.72 26 19 3 1 0 0 110.2 113 63 58 13 54 3 48 5 1 12 499 77 4.85 1.509 9.2 1.1 4.4 3.9 0.89
1976 28 MON NL 1 8 .111 5.72 22 15 1 0 0 0 78.2 81 61 50 10 63 1 51 2 0 8 370 65 5.47 1.831 9.3 1.1 7.2 5.8 0.81
8 Yrs 75 104 .419 3.84 261 239 8 42 8 0 1548.0 1430 755 660 156 713 57 1061 30 2 83 6682 92 3.91 1.384 8.3 0.9 4.1 6.2 1.49
162 Game Avg. 10 14 .419 3.84 35 33 1 6 1 0 211 194 103 90 21 97 8 144 4 0 11 909 92 3.91 1.384 8.3 0.9 4.1 6.2 1.49
SDP (5 yrs) 52 81 .391 3.73 177 170 4 34 7 0 1128.0 1026 534 468 118 505 50 802 21 1 48 4832 94 3.84 1.357 8.2 0.9 4.0 6.4 1.59
CIN (2 yrs) 22 15 .595 3.74 62 54 3 8 1 0 341.1 323 160 142 28 145 6 208 7 1 27 1480 94 3.76 1.371 8.5 0.7 3.8 5.5 1.43
MON (1 yr) 1 8 .111 5.72 22 15 1 0 0 0 78.2 81 61 50 10 63 1 51 2 0 8 370 65 5.47 1.831 9.3 1.1 7.2 5.8 0.81
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
1969 21 SDP NL 215.2 35 35 108 4.51 4.27 -0.20 0.07 98.4 4.46 -3 -0.4 -0.1 1.5 17 .489 .498
1970 22 SDP NL 214.2 36 34 118 4.95 4.55 -0.15 0.07 98.9 4.72 -8 -0.8 .0 -0.1 1.1 15 .477 .495
1971 23 SDP NL 267.1 38 36 99 3.33 3.91 -0.23 0.06 94.3 3.96 16 1.9 .2 -0.2 4.2 40 .550 .512
1972 24 SDP NL 238.2 34 34 87 3.28 3.94 -0.40 0.06 95.3 4.19 21 2.5 -0.1 4.5 42 .574 .516
1973 25 SDP NL 191.2 34 31 122 5.73 4.20 -0.31 0.11 93.9 4.34 -30 -3.0 .6 -0.1 -1.4 -14 .410 .481
1974 26 CIN NL 230.2 36 35 97 3.78 3.98 0.35 0.13 98.3 3.69 -4 -0.4 1.8 -0.1 1.5 16 .488 .497
1975 27 CIN NL 110.2 26 19 63 5.12 4.10 0.39 0.08 98.7 3.75 -18 -1.9 1.3 -0.1 -1.0 -8 .428 .489
1976 28 MON NL 78.2 22 15 61 6.98 4.21 -0.13 0.05 105.4 4.63 -21 -2.2 .3 0.1 -1.4 -14 .400 .486
8 Seasons 1548.0 261 239 755 4.39 4.13 -0.12 0.08 97.1 4.20 -48 -4.3 .7 -0.7 8.9 95 .483 .498
SDP (5 yrs) 1128.0 177 170 534 4.26 4.16 -0.26 0.07 96.1 4.31 -5 0.2 .3 -0.6 9.8 101 .501 .500
CIN (2 yrs) 341.1 62 54 160 4.22 4.02 0.36 0.11 98.4 3.71 -22 -2.3 1.4 -0.2 0.5 8 .463 .494
MON (1 yr) 78.2 22 15 61 6.98 4.21 -0.13 0.05 105.4 4.63 -21 -2.2 .3 0.1 -1.4 -14 .400 .486

Standard Batting

More Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1969 21 SDP NL 35 76 66 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 37 .061 .162 .076 .238 -30 5 0 1 2 0 0 1
1970 22 SDP NL 36 82 74 4 11 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 38 .149 .203 .162 .365 2 12 0 0 3 0 0 1
1971 23 SDP NL 40 97 86 3 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 35 .093 .152 .093 .245 -27 8 0 0 5 0 0 1
1972 24 SDP NL 35 84 74 3 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 30 .068 .115 .068 .183 -45 5 1 0 6 0 0 1
1973 25 SDP NL 35 66 54 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 21 .093 .109 .111 .220 -36 6 0 0 11 0 0 1
1974 26 CIN NL 36 88 74 4 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 36 .095 .163 .095 .257 -26 7 4 0 8 0 0 1
1975 27 CIN NL 26 38 32 3 6 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 15 .188 .235 .219 .454 26 7 1 0 4 0 0 1
1976 28 MON NL 22 25 18 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 5 .056 .105 .111 .216 -40 2 0 0 6 0 0 1
8 Yrs 265 556 478 22 47 5 0 0 15 0 0 32 217 .098 .157 .109 .265 -23 52 6 1 45 0 0
162 Game Avg. 162 340 292 13 29 3 0 0 9 0 0 20 133 .098 .157 .109 .265 -23 32 4 1 28 0 0
SDP (5 yrs) 181 405 354 14 33 3 0 0 7 0 0 23 161 .093 .151 .102 .252 -26 36 1 1 27 0 0
CIN (2 yrs) 62 126 106 7 13 1 0 0 5 0 0 8 51 .123 .184 .132 .316 -10 14 5 0 12 0 0
MON (1 yr) 22 25 18 1 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 5 .056 .105 .111 .216 -40 2 0 0 6 0 0

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1969 21 SDP NL 35 76 -11 0 0 0 9 -1 -0.1 0 -1 -0.1 .496 .499 -0.1 0.0 -1 1
1970 22 SDP NL 36 82 -10 -1 1 0 10 -0 0.0 0 -0 0.0 .499 .500 -0.0 0.0 -0 1
1971 23 SDP NL 40 97 -14 -0 1 0 10 -3 -0.4 0 -3 -0.4 .491 .498 -0.4 0.0 -3 1
1972 24 SDP NL 35 84 -14 -0 1 0 8 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .484 .496 -0.6 0.0 -5 1
1973 25 SDP NL 35 66 -9 0 0 0 8 -1 -0.2 0 -1 -0.2 .496 .499 -0.2 0.0 -1 1
1974 26 CIN NL 36 88 -14 0 -1 0 9 -5 -0.6 0 -5 -0.6 .484 .497 -0.6 0.0 -5 1
1975 27 CIN NL 26 38 -4 0 -0 0 4 1 0.1 0 1 0.1 .503 .501 0.1 0.0 1 1
1976 28 MON NL 22 25 -4 -0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2 1
8 Seasons 265 556 -79 -0 2 0 61 -17 -1.9 0 -17 -1.9 .493 .498 -1.9 0.1 -17
SDP (5 yrs) 181 405 -58 -1 3 0 45 -11 -1.2 0 -11 -1.2 .493 .498 -1.3 0.1 -11
CIN (2 yrs) 62 126 -17 0 -1 0 13 -4 -0.5 0 -4 -0.5 .492 .498 -0.5 0.0 -4
MON (1 yr) 22 25 -4 -0 0 0 3 -2 -0.2 0 -2 -0.2 .492 .499 -0.2 0.0 -2

Standard Fielding

More Stats

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1969 SDP NL 21 P 35 35 2 215.2 44 17 23 4 4 .909 1.67 1.14 .958 1.95 1.94 12 10 45% 40% 1
1970 SDP NL 22 P 36 34 6 214.2 31 6 23 2 1 .935 1.22 0.81 .951 1.85 1.84 25 8 24% 33% 0
1971 SDP NL 23 P 38 36 13 267.1 52 17 33 2 1 .962 1.68 1.32 .954 1.90 1.90 10 9 47% 35% 1
1972 SDP NL 24 P 34 34 9 238.2 45 11 29 5 3 .889 1.51 1.18 .950 1.78 1.78 24 10 29% 37% 0
1973 SDP NL 25 P 34 31 4 191.2 31 9 19 3 1 .903 1.31 0.82 .950 1.88 1.88 12 12 50% 36% 0
1974 CIN NL 26 P 36 35 7 230.2 48 11 27 10 1 .792 1.48 1.06 .944 1.88 1.88 13 7 35% 33% 1
1975 CIN NL 27 P 26 19 1 110.2 19 7 9 3 0 .842 1.30 0.62 .946 1.86 1.86 11 1 8% 32% 0
1976 MON NL 28 P 22 15 0 78.2 10 1 9 0 1 1.000 1.14 0.45 .950 1.88 1.87 5 6 55% 33% 0
8 Seasons P 261 239 42 1548.0 280 79 172 29 12 .896 1.46 0.96 .951 1.87 1.87 112 63 36% 35% 3
8 Seasons TOT 261 239 42 1548.0 280 79 172 29 12 .896 1.46 0.96 .951 1.87 1.87 112 63 36% 35% 3
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
1971 NL  4.2 (10th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
1971 NL  2.83 (10th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
1975 NL  .625 (9th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
1971 NL  7.171 (3rd)
1972 NL  7.429 (6th)
Career  8.314 (248th)

Strikeouts per 9 IP s c a p y
1971 NL  7.777 (2nd)
1972 NL  6.599 (10th)
Career  6.169 (237th)

Strikeouts s c a p y
1971 NL  231 (4th)
1972 NL  175 (6th)

Games Started s c a p y
1971 NL  36 (9th)
1972 NL  34 (8th)

Home Runs s c a p y
1970 NL  29 (6th)
1972 NL  21 (4th)
1973 NL  30 (2nd)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1969 NL  100 (3rd)
1970 NL  120 (2nd)
1971 NL  103 (5th)
1972 NL  116 (2nd)

Losses s c a p y
1969 NL  20 (1st)
1970 NL  16 (3rd)
1972 NL  14 (10th)
1973 NL  18 (2nd)

Earned Runs s c a p y
1970 NL  108 (10th)
1973 NL  102 (7th)

Wild Pitches s c a p y
1971 NL  13 (2nd)
1973 NL  13 (2nd)
1974 NL  15 (2nd)
1975 NL  12 (5th)
Career  83 (175th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1970 NL  9 (5th)

Batters Faced s c a p y
1971 NL  1,107 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1973 NL  11 (10th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1969 NL  4 (5th)
1972 NL  5 (2nd)
1974 NL  10 (1st)

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 21 (1068), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 5 (1364), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsPitching - 5 (1445), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Starting Pitcher (998th), 7.1 career WAR/8.7 7yr-peak WAR/7.9 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 59) = 73.4 career WAR/50.2 7yr-peak WAR/61.8 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Clayton Clay clayton Laws Kirby

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