December 13, 2009 There is a clip I once saw of Jim Bibby and Amos Otis celebrating together with champagne in the locker room after the Mets clinched the division in 1969. Bibby must have been a September call up that year but he never got to pitch even in one game. Then the Mets traded him to the Cardinals in 1971.
Finally came up with the Cards in 1972 at age 27 and he wound up having a very solid Major League career winning 111 games over 13 seasons. Had one of the strangest years for the surprising 1974 second place Rangers going 19 - 19 in 41 games, all starts. That means he had only 2 no decisions! His ERA was a hefty 4.74 but he had 5 shutouts! Weird.
Later on in his career he had 2 really good years with the Pirates. In 1979 as a spot starter and reliever he went 12 - 4 2.81. He also had a 1.29 ERA in the playoffs and 2.61 mark in the World Series to help the Bucs' Championship cause. In 1980 as a starter he went 19 - 6 3.32.
Two seasons with 19 wins and over 100 wins for his career. And he could start or relieve. Pretty darn good.
January 4, 2013 Very nice career. Sorry to hear he passed away. His brother Henry played for the Knicks.
Larry of Brooklyn Remembers
November 20, 2013 Another Afro-American,like Ken Singleton, Amos Otis and Jesse Hudson whom Grant and company had a low threshold of patience for. As a pitcher, he had to meet an even higher standard. Though Singleton was traded in the Rusty Staub deal, this hideous pattern of bad trades for the wrong reason contributed to the shocking demise of a franchise that started the 1970's atop the world and as the decade ended a shell of itself, ready to implode before mercifully being sold by the miserly, incompetent Paysons. And it was that year, 1979, ten years after he sipped champagne with the Miracle Mets, Jim Bibby alongside fellow ex-Met castoff but also Willie Stargell Family member John Milner helped the Pirates to the WS Championship against the same Orioles of Earl Weaver and Jim Palmer - except this time led by runner-up AL MVP Ken Singleton, years after Rusty was traded away for Mickey Lolich. It's so true about what goes around...