Jim Colborn was born on Wednesday, May 22, 1946, in Santa Paula, California. Colborn was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on July 13, 1969, with the Chicago Cubs. 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 Jim Colborn baseball stats page.
"Opposing pitchers initially tried to defuse the Sox ' attack by backing ( Rice ) Jim off the plate, though that tactic was all but abandoned after an early-May game against the Royals , in which the powerfully built Rice strode out to the mound to calmly inform Kansas City's Jim Colborn that he would tear his head off the next time Colborn threw one up and in on him. 'I thought it was all over,' Colborn told reporters after the game. 'I thought he was going to turn me into Rice-a-Roni.'" - Author Dan Epstein in Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s (St. Martin's Press, 06/05/2012, Page 257)
Jim Colborn Autograph on a 1977 Topps Baseball Card (#331 | Checklist )
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|1969 Chicago Cubs||38 , 48||$4,500.00||-||-|
|1970 Chicago Cubs||48||$5,100.00||-||-|
|1971 Chicago Cubs||48||$6,200.00||-||-|
|1972 Milwaukee Brewers||48||$16,000.00||-||-|
|1973 Milwaukee Brewers||48||$16,000.00||Stats||-|
|1974 Milwaukee Brewers||48||$75,000.00||-||-|
|1975 Milwaukee Brewers||48||$70,000.00||-||-|
|1976 Milwaukee Brewers||48||$65,000.00||-||-|
|1977 Kansas City Royals||48||$75,000.00||-||-|
|1978 Kansas City Royals||48||$80,000.00||-||-|
|1978 Seattle Mariners||48 , 38||" "||-||-|
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Did you know that Jim Colborn was the first Milwaukee Brewers pitcher in franchise history to put together a 20-win season ? In 1973, Colborn won 20 games, lost 12, and through today, Jim holds the single season record for wins by a right-handed Brewers pitcher. The single season record for wins by a Brewers lefty was set in 1978, by Mike Caldwell , who won 23 games (the team record for most wins ever in a season).
Jim Colborn No Hitter / May 14, 1977 .
Jim Colborn was in his first season with Kansas City when he toed the rubber Saturday May 14 against the third place Texas Rangers in a battle of AL West teams at Royals Stadium. Kansas City was in fourth place.
The soon-to-be 31-year-old hurler was on the downhill side of his career, having had three straight losing seasons and just 30 pitching victories over that time. In fact, he would pitch just one more season in the big leagues.
In 1977, however, Colborn would have one of his finest seasons. he carried a 4-3 record against the Rangers, who countered on the mound with Tommy Boggs .
With 29,978 watching, Colborn hurled the game of his life, shutting down Texas with no hits while striking out six, walking one and hitting one. Colborn, who faced just 28 batters, had a perfect game until two outs in the fifth.
Colborn had outstanding defensive support. In the first, after Claudell Washington grounded out to first and Bert Campaneris bounced out to the mound, Mike Hargrove socked a drive to deep right-center. Tom Poquette , playing in right instead of his usual spot in left, raced to the warning track and made a backhanded catch to rob Hargrove of an extra-base hit.
Poquette made another great play in the second on Willie Horton's leadoff smash to deep right-center. Again, the Royals' right-fielder flew across the grass and pulled down the drive in front of the fence.
The Royals notched two more runs in the sixth on a double by Pete LaCock , triple by Darrell Porter and single by Freddie Patek . Their last two runs came in the eighth when Patek chased home one run with a triple and scored on Frank White's squeeze bunt.
Colborn, meanwhile, struck out the side in the fifth, but not before giving up his first base runner. After fanning Horton and Tom Grieve , a tight pitch hit Toby Harrah . Harrah stole second, but went no further as Bump Wills struck out.
Two more fine pieces of glove work preserved the no-hitter in the seventh. Leading off the inning, Campaneris nudged a little blooped into shallow center. Al Cowens bolted in to make the catch. Then, after Hargrove had bounced out to first, Horton sliced a fly down the line in right. Patek , playing Horton to pull, charged over from right-center and made a shoestring catch.
Colborn had an easy time in the ninth. The first two Rangers to bat were pinch-hitters. Bill Fahey hit a grounder to LaCock who flipped to Colborn covering the bag at first for the out. Then Dave May hit a soft fly to Joe Zdeb in left. The last out came with Washington hitting a bouncer to LaCock , who raced to first to make the play unassisted.
Colborn had his no-hitter. He completed the season with an 18-14 record. After going 4-12 the following season, he was gone from the big leagues.
Jim Colborn is the only Milwaukee Brewers pitcher in team history to finish a season with 300+ innings pitched, finishing the 1973 campaign with 314.1. The next closest are Mike Caldwell (293.1 innings pitched in 1978), Jim Slaton (292.2 innings pitched in 1976) and Larry Sorensen (280.2 innings pitched in 1978).