Len Barker Stats

Len Barker was born on Thursday, July 7, 1955, in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Barker was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 14, 1976, with the Texas Rangers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Len Barker baseball stats page.

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"I try to strike out every batter that comes to the plate," said the congenial Barker. "But most of the time time it just doesn't turn out that way." - Sports Writer Mike Purkey in The Gastonia Gazette (08/11/1974, That's Big Len Barker. Country Boy? Hardly... , Page 4-D)

Len Barker

Len Barker Autograph on a 1984 Donruss Baseball Card (#443 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1984don01' title='1984 Donruss Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Len Barker Autograph on a 1984 Donruss Baseball Card (#443 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Leonard Harold Barker
Nickname:
Len or Lenny
Born On:
07-07-1955  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Fort Knox, Kentucky
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Neshaminy High School (Langhorne, PA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-05
Player Weight Chart Weight:
225
First Game:
09-14-1976 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-26-1987
Draft:
1973 : 3rd Round (49th)

Len Barker

Len Barker Pitching Stats

1976 21 Rangers 2 2 0 1 0 1.000 2.40 1 1 0 15.0 56 7 4 4 0 6 0 7 1 2 0 -
1977 22 Rangers 15 3 7 4 1 .800 2.66 0 0 1 47.1 196 36 14 15 1 24 3 51 5 1 0 -
1978 23 Rangers 29 0 15 1 5 .167 4.82 0 0 4 52.1 243 63 28 31 6 29 2 33 6 2 0 -
1979 24 Indians 29 19 3 6 6 .500 4.92 2 0 0 137.1 609 146 75 79 6 70 1 93 10 2 0 -
1980 25 Indians 36 36 0 19 12 .613 4.17 8 1 0 246.1 1,052 237 114 127 17 92 3 187 14 3 1 -
1981 26 Indians 22 22 0 8 7 .533 3.91 9 3 0 154.1 660 150 67 72 7 46 0 127 5 1 0 -
1982 27 Indians 33 33 0 15 11 .577 3.90 10 1 0 244.2 1,021 211 106 117 17 88 2 187 10 3 0 -
1983 28 Indians 24 24 0 8 13 .381 5.11 4 1 0 149.2 633 150 85 92 16 52 3 105 6 2 0 -
1983 28 Braves 6 6 0 1 3 .250 3.82 0 0 0 33.0 143 31 14 17 0 14 2 21 2 0 0 -
1984 29 Braves 21 20 0 7 8 .467 3.85 1 0 0 126.1 528 120 54 59 10 38 2 95 3 2 1 -
1985 30 Braves 20 18 1 2 9 .182 6.35 0 0 0 73.2 335 84 52 55 10 37 1 47 3 1 0 -
1987 32 Brewers 11 11 0 2 1 .667 5.36 0 0 0 43.2 198 54 26 27 6 17 1 22 0 2 0 -
11 Years 248 194 26 74 76 .493 4.34 35 7 5 1,323.2 5,674 1,289 639 695 96 513 20 975 65 21 2 -

Len Barker

Len Barker Hitting Stats

1976 21 Rangers 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1977 22 Rangers 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1978 23 Rangers 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1979 24 Indians 29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1980 25 Indians 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1981 26 Indians 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1982 27 Indians 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1983 28 Indians 24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1983 28 Braves 6 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125
1984 29 Braves 21 38 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 19 4 0 0 1 .053 .182 .079
1985 30 Braves 20 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1987 32 Brewers 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
11 Years 248 63 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 31 6 0 0 1 .048 .130 .063

Len Barker

Len Barker Fielding Stats

1976 Rangers P 2 2 45 2 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.20
1977 Rangers P 15 3 142 12 0.8 12 4 8 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.28
1978 Rangers P 29 0 157 12 0.4 11 2 9 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .917 1.89
1979 Indians P 29 19 412 23 0.8 21 8 13 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .913 1.38
1980 Indians P 36 36 739 35 1.0 35 11 24 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.28
1981 Indians P 22 22 463 32 1.5 30 9 21 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.75
1982 Indians P 33 33 734 52 1.6 50 23 27 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.84
1983 Indians P 24 24 449 22 0.9 21 5 16 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .955 1.26
1983 Braves P 6 6 99 14 2.3 12 4 8 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 3.27
1984 Braves P 21 20 379 41 2.0 39 5 34 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .951 2.78
1985 Braves P 20 18 221 12 0.6 11 2 9 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .917 1.34
1987 Brewers P 11 11 131 9 0.8 9 3 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.85
P Totals 248 194 3,971 266 1.1 253 76 177 13 12 n/a n/a n/a .951 1.72
11 Years 248 194 3,971 266 1.1 253 76 177 13 12 n/a n/a n/a .951 1.72

Len Barker

Len Barker Miscellaneous Stats

1976 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.17 4.20 3.60
1977 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.13 9.70 4.56
1978 Rangers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.14 5.68 4.99
1979 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.33 6.09 4.59
1980 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.03 6.83 3.36
1981 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.76 7.41 2.68
1982 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.13 6.88 3.24
1983 Indians 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.02 6.31 3.13
1983 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.6 0.0 1.50 5.73 3.82
1984 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.0 38.0 2.50 6.77 2.71
1985 Braves 0 1 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.4 0.0 1.27 5.74 4.52
1987 Brewers 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.29 4.53 3.50
11 Years 0 1 .000 0 0 0 0.0 2.0 63.0 1.90 6.63 3.49

Len Barker

Len Barker Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1976 Texas Rangers 39 $19,000.00 - -
1977 Texas Rangers 39 $19,800.00 - -
1978 Texas Rangers 39 $23,100.00 - -
1979 Cleveland Indians 39 $26,500.00 - -
1980 Cleveland Indians 39 $90,000.00 - -
1981 Cleveland Indians 39 $250,000.00 Stats -
1982 Cleveland Indians 39 $400,000.00 - -
1983 Cleveland Indians 39 $475,000.00 - -
1983 Atlanta Braves 39 "     " - -
1984 Atlanta Braves 39 $900,000.00 - -
1985 Atlanta Braves 39 $870,000.00 - -
1987 Milwaukee Brewers 39 $890,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Len Barker was named one of the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players Top 100 Greatest Indians and Barker was named one of the 36 pitchers.

On May 15, 1981 , Len Barker threw the tenth perfect game in Major League history, an absolute gem at Cleveland Stadium. Join Baseball Almanac as we take a closer look at this amazing game:

Len Barker Perfect Game ( Box Score ) | May 15, 1981 | Baseball Moments by MLB.com

There was nothing wild about Len Barker on the misty night of Friday May 15 with the temperature at Cleveland Stadium getting no higher than 49 degrees. Facing the seventh place Toronto Blue Jays before a sparse crowd of 7,290, Barker had total command as he pitched a perfect game . The big righthander took a 2-1 record for the first place Cleveland Indians into the contest against the Blue Jays Luis Leal .

Mixing a 91-mile-per-hour fastball with a brutal slider, the 25-year-old hurler used just 103 pitches of which 84 were strikes. Barker struck out 11, all swinging, and all coming over the final six innings.

Barker never reached three balls with any batter. Five outs were recorded on fly balls, and nine were ground outs.

Only two batted balls were close to being hits. Both were ground outs to second baseman Duane Kuiper . The Indians ' infielder made an excellent play going to his right to backhand Rick Bosetti's one-hop smash in the sixth. In the seventh, he roamed four steps to his left to snare Alfredo Griffin's bouncer, then threw to first, just beating the speedy Blue Jay to the bag.

Barker opened the game by getting Griffin on a slow roller, which shortstop Tom Veryzer charged, gloved and threw to first for the out. Veryzer threw out the next batter, Lloyd Moseby , on another grounder, before George Bell grounded out to Mike Hargrove at first.

After Barker retired the first two batters in the second, center fielder Rick Manning made a long running catch to pull down Damaso Garcia's drive in left-center field.

The first strikeout for Barker didn't come until the fourth inning when he fanned Moseby with one out. From that point on, he whiffed 11 of the final 17 batters.

Barker got a big boost from Toby Harrah in the fifth when the third baseman dove into the stands to catch a foul pop off the bat of Willie Upshaw . Kuiper then kept the perfect game alive with his slick fielding.

The Indians had given Barker an early lead with two unearned runs in the first inning on a single by Manning , an error by Blue Jays' first baseman John Mayberry on Mike Hargrove's grounder, a sacrifice fly by Andre Thornton and a single by Ron Hassey . Jorge Orta added a home run in the eighth.

Barker had an easy time in the ninth. He retired Bosetti on a routine pop foul to Harrah . The next two batters were pinch-hitters. Al Woods struck out on three pitches. Finally, on a 1-2 pitch, Ernie Whitt lofted an easy fly to shallow center where Manning made the catch.

Barker had his perfect game . Ironically, 1981 was not his best season in the big leagues. Although he led the American League in strikouts, he finished with an 8-7 record. He posted 19-12 and 15-11 marks on either side of his perfect game year.

Len Barker Perfect Game
Len Barker Perfect Game | The Times Recorder | May 16, 1981 | Page 6

Len Barker led the American League in strikeouts in 1981 ( Top 25 ) and in 1980 ( Top 25 ). Through today, Barker remains the last Indians ' pitcher to lead the American League in strikeouts in back-to-back seasons! [ Year by Year Leaders for Strikeouts ]
Len Barker, Strikeout Leader
Len Barker | 1981 Topps Baseball Card (#6 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection

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