James Blair Bibby
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 235 lb.
- School Fayetteville State University
- High School Franklinton High School
- Debut September 4, 1972
- Final Game May 26, 1984
- Born October 29, 1944 in Franklinton, NC USA
- Died February 16, 2010 in Lynchburg, VA USA
Originally signed by the New York Mets in 1965, Bibby missed the following two seasons due to military service, seeing combat action during the Vietnam War. Following the 1971 season, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of an eight-player deal. He reached the majors with the Cards as a September callup in 1972.
In June 1973, the Cardinals traded Bibby to the Texas Rangers for Mike Nagy and John Wockenfuss. He soon joined the Rangers' rotation, and in his third start, he threw a one-hitter against the Kansas City Royals. A month later, on July 30th, he hurled a no-hitter against the defending World Series champion Oakland Athletics. He was the first rookie since at least 1900 (perhaps the first ever) to have three consecutive double-digit strikeout games; both John Montefusco and Fernando Valenzuela would follow suit within the next decade. Despite these moments of brilliance, he ended the year with a 9-12 mark. The following year, he went 19-19 in 41 starts under skipper Billy Martin.
Midway through the 1975 season, Bibby was traded to the Cleveland Indians as part of the deal that brought Gaylord Perry to Texas. Before the 1978 season, he became a free agent and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 12-4 for the club in 1979 as the team reached the World Series. He started Games 4 and 7, as the Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles. The next year, he again won 19 games, against only 6 losses, and made the only All-Star appearance of his career. On May 19th of the following year, against the Atlanta Braves, he gave up a lead-off single to Terry Harper before retiring the next 27 batters, recording another one-hitter.
Bibby suffered a torn rotator cuff that caused him to miss the entire 1982 campaign. After returning in 1983, he became a free agent following the season and returned to the Rangers. He pitched in eight games out of the pen for Texas in 1984 prior to being released in June. He then signed with the Cardinals and made two appearances for the AAA Louisville Redbirds before being released.
During his twelve-year big league career, Bibby won 111 games. He had some power at the plate, slugging 5 HR in just 209 lifetime at bats.
In 1990, Bibby joined the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association. He was 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 11 games. Following his playing career, he was the pitching coach with the Durham Bulls in 1984 and Lynchburg Mets, Lynchburg Red Sox, and Lynchburg Hillcats from 1985 to 1999. The Hillcats retired his #26 in 2002. He spent 2000 as coach for the Nashville Sounds.
- NL All-Star (1980)
- 2-time NL Winning Percentage Leader (1979 & 1980)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1974 & 1980)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1974, 1977 & 1980)
- Won a World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979