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Jim Bibby, Who Pitched for Pirates in World Series, Dies at 65[]

February 18, 2010

Jim Bibby, baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1979 World Series, died at age of 65 in Feb 2010. He lived in Madison Heights, Va.

His death was confirmed by Community Funeral Home. The cause was not disclosed.

Bibby played 12 years in the majors, starting in 1972. In 1973 he pitched the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, beating Oakland, 6-0. He was a member of the Pittsburgh team that won the 1979 World Series, starting two games against Baltimore, including the deciding seventh game.

Bibby’s best season was 1980, when he went 19-6 and was a member of the National League All-Star team. He also played for St. Louis and Cleveland, compiling a career record of 111-101 and a 3.76 earned run average.

Bibby came from an athletic family. Henry Bibby, his brother, played basketball for the Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers and coached the University of Southern California team; he is now an assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies of the N.B.A. His nephew Mike Bibby plays for the Atlanta Hawks.

In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and two daughters, Tamara Bibby and Tanya McClain.

After retiring from the majors, Bibby was the pitching coach for the Lynchburg minor league team for 15 years. He retired after spending a year with the Pirates’ Nashville affiliate in 2000.