Jim Britton

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James Allan Britton

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 5", Weight 225 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

In 1961, Jim Britton refused a football scholarship to Penn State University and signed as an amateur free agent with the Baltimore Orioles. On November 26, 1962, the Milwaukee Braves drafted him in the 1962 first-year player draft.

On September 5, 1967, Britton pitched for the Richmond Braves against the Rochester Red Wings in a one-game playoff for the regular season title of the International League. Britton's father was in the stands in Rochester, NY for the game. Jim threw 8 innings of one-hit shutout ball when his father was stricken with a fatal heart attack. Britton was removed from the game and his teammates went on to 2-0 victory. On September 20 of that year, at the age of 23, Britton made his Major League debut with the Braves. His debut was not a very good one - he gave up the first home run of Johnny Bench's career - a three-run blast. Perhaps his best season in the Major Leagues was his second: in 34 games, he had an ERA of 3.10.

On December 2, 1969, Britton was traded with minor leaguer Don Johnson to the Montreal Expos for pitcher Larry Jaster. Expected to be a spot starter the following season, he missed that season because of arm trouble.

On September 25, 1971, Britton played his final Major League game for the Expos. During his career, he wore three numbers: 27 in 1967, 42 in 1968 and 1969, and 27 in 1971.

Britton currently resides in Suwanee, Georgia.

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