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Did You Know…

The last pitcher to lose 20 games in their rookie season was Clay Kirby, who went 7-20 in 1969 for the San Diego Padres.

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1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set – Card #579 – Clay Kirby

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set – Card #579 – Clay Kirby

Clay Kirby’s major league career spanned 8 seasons, from 1969-76.  He played for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1974 & 1975 seasons.

Kirby appeared in 62 games for Cincy and started 54 of them.  With the team, he went 22-15 while throwing 8 complete games including 1 shutout.  In 341 innings of work with the team, Kirby compiled a 3.74 ERA while giving up 160 runs, striking out 208 batters, and walking another 145.

Clay Kirby did not make the World Series roster in 1975.  He was traded in the offseason prior to the start of the 1976 baseball season. 

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #423 – Clay Kirby

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #423 – Clay Kirby

Clay Kirby’s major league career spanned 8 seasons, from 1969-76.  He played for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1974 & 1975 seasons.

Kirby appeared in 62 games for Cincy and started 54 of them.  With the team, he went 22-15 while throwing 8 complete games including 1 shutout.  In 341 innings of work with the team, Kirby compiled a 3.74 ERA while giving up 160 runs, striking out 208 batters, and walking another 145.

Clay Kirby did not make the World Series roster in 1975.  He was traded in the offseason prior to the start of the 1976 baseball season. 

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #423 – Clay Kirby

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #423 – Clay Kirby

Clay Kirby’s major league career lasted just 9 years.  But he found himself playing for one of the greatest dynasties in baseball during its glory years – the 1975 Cincinnati Reds.

During that ’75 campaign, Kirby started 19 games for the Reds and made 26 appearances.  His record was 10-6 and he helped gobble up innings for the team.  In the previous year, Kirby’s first and only other one in Cincy, he started 35 games, went 12-9, and threw 230 innings.

While on the roster in 1975, Kirby did not make any appearances in the playoffs with the Reds.