Jim Barr

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James Leland Barr

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Jim Barr played college baseball at the University of Southern California, where his teammates included Dave Kingman and Bill Lee. He was drafted five times (by the California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Minnesota Twins) before finally signing with the San Francisco Giants after being selected by them in the 1970 amateur draft.

The Giants called Barr up from the minors midway through the 1971 season, and he posted a 1-1 record and a 3.57 ERA in 17 appearances out of the bullpen. He joined the team's rotation in the middle of 1972 and, despite never pitching a no-hitter or perfect game, that summer set the record for consecutive batters retired with 41. That record was later tied in 2007 by Bobby Jenks and broken in 2009 by Mark Buehrle, but remained the National League mark until another member of the Giants, Yusmeiro Petit, shattered it on his way to setting a new major league record of 46 in 2014. Barr recorded the 41 straight outs over the course of two starts, on August 23rd and August 29th. In the first of these against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he walked opposing pitcher Bob Moose to lead off the 3rd inning and then retired the final 21 batters to end the game with a two-hitter. In his next start, he retired the first 20 St. Louis Cardinals in order before Bernie Carbo hit a 7th-inning double. He won that game too, with a complete game three-hitter.

Barr went on to win at least 10 games for the Giants in five straight seasons, from 1973 to 1977. Following the 1978 campaign, he became a free agent and signed with the California Angels. After winning 10 games in his first year with the Angels, 1979, he struggled with arm injuries in 1980 and was released prior to the 1981 season. He then signed with the Chicago White Sox and played part of the year for their Edmonton Trappers farm club before being let go again. He made a big league comeback with the Giants in 1982 and appeared in 53 games in both that season and the next.

Since ending his playing days, Barr was pitching coach at Sacramento State from 1995 to 2010.

Barr's brother, Mark Barr, pitched in the Boston Red Sox chain for a time. In addition, his two daughters, Emmy and Betsy, have both played pro soccer in the WUSA.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1976)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1973-1977)

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