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Jim Britton

Jim Britton
Pitcher
Born: (1944-03-25) March 25, 1944
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1967, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1971, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 13–16
Earned run average 4.02
Innings pitched 23713
Teams

James Allan Britton (born March 25, 1944) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1967 to 1971 with the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos. He was 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall and weighed 225 pounds.

Britton was born in North Tonawanda, New York. In 1961, Britton refused a football scholarship to Penn State University and signed as an amateur free agent with the Baltimore Orioles. On November 26, 1962, the Braves drafted him in the first-year draft.

On September 20, 1967 at the age of 23, Britton made his Major League debut with the Braves. During this game he gave up a three run home run to Johnny Bench - the first of Bench's career. Perhaps his best season in the Major Leagues was his second - in 34 games, he had an ERA of 3.10.

On December 2, 1969, Britton was traded with Don Johnson, a minor leaguer, to the Montreal Expos for pitcher Larry Jaster. Expected to be a spot starter the following season, he missed that season due to arm trouble. On September 25, 1971, Britton played his final major league game.

As a batter, Britton hit .127. The highlight of his hitting career would be the double he hit in 1969. Fielding, Britton committed two errors in his career for a .952 fielding percentage. During his career, he wore three numbers - 27 in 1967, 42 in 1968 and 1969, and 27 in 1971.

After his baseball career ended, Britton served as a Special Agent with the FBI.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Baseball Reference (Minors)
  • Baseball-Almanac.com
  • Baseball Gauge
  • Retrosheet.org
  • Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
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