JIM BIBBY PITCHES A GEM- 40 YEARS AGO MAY 19, 1981

You watch a baseball game and there is always a chance you might see something that rarely ever happens. I remember very well where I was at on May 19, 1981. I was one of 5514 who were at Three Rivers Stadium- who saw Pirates pitcher Jim Bibby nearly pitch a perfect game. I can’t recall who was with me that night- but we were sitting directly behind home plate -on the second level- I think they were called Loge Boxes at Three Rivers. The game started innocently enough- the Braves left fielder Terry Harper singled to right field. That would be it for the Braves on that evening- Jim Bibby would then go on to retire the next 27 batters in a row. He wasn’t overpowering that night- he only struck out three. I recall around the sixth inning looking down at my scorecard and realizing that- take away that opening hit by Harper- Bibby would have a no-no going. Jim Bibby had pitched a no-hitter back in 1973 as a member of the Texas Rangers. Not only did Jim Bibby pitch a gem that night- he also hit two doubles and knocked in a run. The Pirates won 5-1- the losing pitcher for the Braves- future Hall of Famer- the knuckleballer- Phil Niekro.

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