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MAY 19 (1981) - Leadoff*
By Bill Grimes
May 19, 2007 - 12:23 AM

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Gotta get that first hitter

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA • MAY 19, 1981The first batter Pirate pitcher Jim Bibby faced on this date in 1981 got a hit. Terry Harper would be the only Atlanta Brave who didn’t go right back to the dugout after an at bat. Bibby was perfect after Harper’s hit. He retired 27 hitters in a row for a one-hitter as he and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves and Phil Niekro 5-0.

Though Bibby’s lifetime record was only a little over .500 at 111-101, he had a low career earned run average, 3.76, and was not unfamiliar with low hit games. He threw a no-hitter, one-hitter and two-hitter in 1973, his second year in the majors.

Jim Bibby comes from a family of athletes. His brother, Henry Bibby, was a professional basketball player in the NBA and also coached the University of Southern California basketball team. Jim’s nephew, Mike Bibby (Henry’s son) plays for the Sacramento Kings of the NBA.

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http://www.thebaseballpage.com/players/bibbyji01.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Bibby

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Bibby
http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/cgi-bin/today/today2S.pl
http://www.retrosheet.org/

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