Jim Colborn
Jim Colborn 1973.jpg
Colborn in 1973
Pitcher
Born: (1945-05-22) May 22, 1945 (age 77)
Santa Paula, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 13, 1969, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1978, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Win–loss record83–88
Earned run average3.80
Strikeouts688
Teams
Career highlights and awards

James William Colborn (born May 22, 1946) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. The right-handed Colborn pitched for the Chicago Cubs (1969-1971), Milwaukee Brewers (1972-1976), Kansas City Royals (1977-1978) and Seattle Mariners (1978).

Biography

After graduating from Whittier College with a degree in sociology, Colborn studied for his master's degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where he also starred in basketball as well as baseball, being named all-Scotland.

In 1967, the Chicago Cubs signed Colborn as an amateur free agent. He found himself in Leo Durocher's doghouse after struggling as a young relief pitcher for three years. Colborn was traded along with Brock Davis and Earl Stephenson to the Brewers for José Cardenal on December 3, 1971.[1]

Colborn was the Brewers' first-ever 20-game winner in 1973, posting a 20-12 record with a 3.18 ERA. He also was named to the American League All-Star team, but did not pitch in the game.

Over the next three seasons, however, Colborn posted losing records (10-13 in 1974, 11-13 in 1975 and 9-15 in 1976) before being traded, along with Darrell Porter, to the Kansas City Royals. In 1977, Colborn won 18 games for a Royal team that won the second of three consecutive American League West titles (all three times, however, the Royals lost to the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series; Colborn did not pitch in the 1977 ALCS). On May 14 of that year, Colborn no-hit the Texas Rangers 6-0, the first no-hitter by a Royal at Royals Stadium and second overall in that park, after the first of Nolan Ryan's seven career no-hitters (1973).

For eight seasons, Colborn was on Jim Tracy's staff as a pitching coach: from 2000 to 2005, when Tracy managed the Los Angeles Dodgers, and in 2006 and 2007, when Tracy managed the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2008, Colborn became the Texas Rangers bullpen coach.

In his career, Colborn won 83 games against 88 losses, with a 3.80 ERA and 688 strikeouts in 159713 innings pitched.

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References

Preceded byJohn Montefusco No-hitter pitcher May 14, 1977 Succeeded byDennis Eckersley Preceded byDave Wallace Los Angeles Dodgers Pitching Coach 2001–2005 Succeeded byRick Honeycutt Preceded bySpin Williams Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach 2006–2007 Succeeded byJeff Andrews