Clay Kirby

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Clayton Laws Kirby Jr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Clay Kirby was a pitcher for three National League teams between 1969 and 1976. Kirby holds the distinction of being the San Diego Padres pitcher who has to date (as of 2016), come the closest to pitching a no-hitter for that franchise.

Kirby was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 1966 amateur draft. After working his way up to the Pacific Coast League in 1968, Kirby was selected by the Padres with the 12th pick in the 1969 expansion draft.

During his rookie campaign in 1969, Kirby led the National League in losses (20) and was third in the league in bases on balls (100).

His finest season was 1971, when he went 15-13 for a San Diego team that lost 100 games. Kirby also sported a 2.83 ERA and struck out 231 batters, which placed him 4th in the National League.

He was a spot starter for the Cincinnati Reds in 1975, helping them win the 1975 World Series. He then finished his career with one season with the Montreal Expos in 1976, but he went only 1-8, 5.72 for the last-place team.

He died in 1991 of a heart attack in Arlington, VA at the age of 43.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1971)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1969-1972 & 1974)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (1971)
  • Won a World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 (he did not play in the World Series)

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