Jim Bibby, threw first Rangers no-hitter, born 73 years ago today

Jim Bibby
Jim Bibby
Today would be the 73rd birthday of Jim Bibby, who threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history.

On Monday, July 30, 1973, on the road at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Bibby no-hit the Oakland Athletics for a 6-0 win. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound right-hander relied mostly on his fastball during the contest, struck out 13 A’s batters but walked six.

Shortstop Jim Fregosi saved the no-no in the third, fielding a deep ground ball into the hole off the bat of Ted Kubiak and firing to first for the out. Then in the eighth, Fregosi’s replacement, Pete Mackanin, made back-to-back defensive gems on a Kubiak slow bouncer and a Bill North sharp grounder to keep the no-no intact.

Bibby’s best seasons were with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 and 1980. He posted a 12-4 record with a 2.81 ERA in ’79 and started two games of the World Series and posted a 19-6 record with a 3.32 ERA in ’80.

Bibby actually got his start in the New York Mets organization and was called up to the club during the 1969 pennant run but never appeared in a game.

Bibby died of bone cancer at the age of 65 in 2010.

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