45. Clay Kirby
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 25, 1948 in Washington, DC USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 11, 1969
  • Final Game: September 28, 1976
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Clay Kirby, an original Padre, will always be best known for the no-hit attempt that he was denied to complete.

Kirby was taken from the Cardinals in the Expansion Draft, and had a rough rookie year, leading the NL in Losses (20), and had arguably a worse year in 1970, though in a game against the Mets, he had a no-hitter going into the ninth inning but was pulled for his at-bat.  It would take until Jos Musgrove in 2021 before the Padres ever recorded a no-hitter.

Kirby had a good year in 1971, winning a career-high 15 Games with a 2.83 ERA, and was tenth in the NL in bWAR.  After two average years, he was traded to Cincinnati, leaving the Padres with a record of 52-81.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected from the St. Louis Cardinals 12th Overall in the Expansion Draft 10/14/68.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Bobby Tolan and Dave Tomlin 12/9/73.

  • Games Played: 177
  • Notable Statistics:

    52 Wins
    81 Losses
    3.73 ERA
    170 Games Started
    34 Complete Games
    7 Shutouts
    4 Games Finished
    1,128 Innings Pitched
    802 Strikeouts
    3.84 FIP
    1.357 WHIP
    1.59 SO/BB
    8.7 bWAR                       

    No Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards: None

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