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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Obituary: Ex-pitcher Jim Bibby dies; won '79 World Series

Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, Va. Former major league pitcher Jim Bibby, who started for World Series-winning Pittsburgh in 1979, has died. He was 65.

Community Funeral Home said Wednesday that Bibby died Tuesday night at Lynchburg General Hospital. The cause was not disclosed. The family asked for privacy but said a statement would be released later.

Bibby played 12 years in the majors starting in 1972 and pitched the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history, beating Oakland 6-0 in 1973. 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. His brother Henry played in the NBA, coached the University of Southern California and now serves as an assistant for the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies. His nephew Mike Bibby plays for the Atlanta Hawks.

Jim Bibby, who lived in Madison Heights, Va., is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, and daughters Tamara Bibby and Tanya McClain.

After retiring from the majors, Bibby served as pitching coach for the Lynchburg minor league team for 15 years. He spent a year with the Pirates' Nashville affiliate in 2000, then retired.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Wednesday.