June 25, 1948|
|Died: October 11, 1991
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 11, 1969 for the San Diego Padres|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 28, 1976 for the Montreal Expos|
|Career highlights and awards|
Clayton Laws Kirby, Jr. (June 25, 1948 – October 11, 1991) was born in Washington, D.C. He was a Major League pitcher for the San Diego Padres (1969–73), Cincinnati Reds (1974–75) and Montreal Expos (1976).
Kirby was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 1966 draft. He made his Major League debut with the San Diego Padres in 1969. He led the National League in losses that year with 20.
On July 21, 1970, Kirby was working on a no-hitter against the New York Mets after eight innings but trailed 1-0. Manager Preston Gómez pinch hit for him in the bottom of the eighth, denying him a chance to complete the no-hitter. Relief pitcher Jack Baldschun then gave up two runs and three hits in the ninth.
Kirby helped the Reds win the 1975 World Series by going 10–6 in 19 starts. However, he didn't play in the World Series.
In his 8 seasons in the Major Leagues, Kirby played 261 games (239 started) and had a 75–104 Win-Loss record, 42 complete games, 8 shutouts, 1,548 innings pitched, 1,430 hits allowed, 755 runs allowed, 713 walks allowed, 1,061 strikeouts, 30 hit batsmen, 83 wild pitches and a 3.84 ERA.
He died of a heart attack in October 1991 in Arlington, Virginia at the age of 43.
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