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Full Name: Leonard Harold Barker Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 5"/225 First Game: September 14, 1976
Birthdate: July 27, 1955 Final Game: September 26, 1987
Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky MLB Experience: 11 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on July 27, 1955 in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Len Barker (Leonard Harold Barker) played for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers over the course of his 11 year career. Barker broke into the bigs on September 14, 1976 with the Texas Rangers, and put up a 4.82 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched in 1978, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Len Barker's best season was 1982, when he posted a 3.90 ERA, won 15 games, struck out 187 batters and pitched the first perfect game in 13 years.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1976 TEX A 2 2 1 0 2.40 7 4 4 1 1 0 15 7 0 6 0 1 2
1977 TEX A 15 3 4 1 2.66 51 15 14 0 0 1 47.1 36 1 24 3 5 1
1978 TEX A 29 0 1 5 4.82 33 31 28 0 0 4 52.1 63 6 29 2 6 2
1979 CLE A 29 19 6 6 4.92 93 79 75 2 0 0 137.1 146 6 70 1 10 2
1980 CLE A 36 36 19 12 4.17 187 127 114 8 1 0 246.1 237 17 92 3 14 3
1981 CLE A 22 22 8 7 3.91 127 72 67 9 3 0 154.1 150 7 46 0 5 1
1982 CLE A 33 33 15 11 3.90 187 117 106 10 1 0 244.2 211 17 88 2 10 3
1983 CLE A 24 24 8 13 5.11 105 92 85 4 1 0 149.2 150 16 52 3 6 2
1983 ATL N 6 6 1 3 3.82 21 17 14 0 0 0 33 31 0 14 2 2 0
1983 Total 30 30 9 16 4.88 126 109 99 4 1 0 182.2 181 16 66 5 8 2
1984 ATL N 21 20 7 8 3.85 95 59 54 1 0 0 126.1 120 10 38 2 3 2
1985 ATL N 20 18 2 9 6.35 47 55 52 0 0 0 73.2 84 10 37 1 3 1
1987 MIL A 11 11 2 1 5.36 22 27 26 0 0 0 43.2 54 6 17 1 0 2
Total NL 47 44 10 20 4.64 163 131 120 1 0 0 233 235 20 89 5 8 3
Total AL 201 150 64 56 4.28 812 564 519 34 7 5 1090.2 1054 76 424 15 57 18
Total 248 194 74 76 4.34 975 695 639 35 7 5 1323.2 1289 96 513 20 65 21

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1976 TEX A P 2 2 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
1977 TEX A P 15 3 47.1 4 8 0 1 0 0 4 3 0 1.000
1978 TEX A P 29 0 52.1 2 9 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 .917
1979 CLE A P 29 19 137.1 8 13 2 1 0 2 14 3 0 .913
1980 CLE A P 36 36 246.1 11 24 0 2 0 0 53 10 0 1.000
1981 CLE A P 22 22 154.1 9 21 2 1 0 1 12 6 1 .938
1982 CLE A P 33 33 244.2 23 27 2 1 0 1 24 8 1 .962
1983 CLE A P 24 24 149.2 5 16 1 3 0 4 9 6 1 .955
1983 ATL N P 6 6 33 4 8 2 0 0 0 5 1 0 .857
1983 Total P 30 30 182.2 9 24 3 3 0 4 14 7 1 .917
1984 ATL N P 21 20 126.1 5 34 2 2 0 1 19 7 0 .951
1985 ATL N P 20 18 73.2 2 9 1 0 0 0 17 7 0 .917
1987 MIL A P 11 11 43.2 3 6 0 0 0 3 3 3 0 1.000
Total P 248 194 1323.2 76 177 13 12 0 13 161 57 3 .951

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1976 TEX A 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 TEX A 15 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 TEX A 29 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 CLE A 29 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 CLE A 36 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 CLE A 22 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 CLE A 33 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 CLE A 24 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 ATL N 6 8 1 1 0 0 .125 .125 .125 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0
1983 Total 30 8 1 1 0 0 .125 .125 .125 0 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0
1984 ATL N 21 38 2 2 0 1 .053 .182 .079 1 0 6 19 0 4 0 0 1
1985 ATL N 20 17 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
1987 MIL A 11 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 47 63 3 3 0 1 .048 .130 .063 1 0 6 31 0 6 0 0 1
Total AL 201 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 248 63 3 3 0 1 .048 .130 .063 1 0 6 31 0 6 0 0 1

Transactions

  • Selected by Texas Rangers in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 5, 1973).
  • Traded by Texas Rangers with Bobby Bonds to Cleveland Indians in exchange for Jim Kern and Larvell Blanks (October 3, 1978).
  • Traded by Cleveland Indians to Atlanta Braves in exchange for $150000 and 3 players to be named later (August 28, 1983); Cleveland Indians received Rick Behenna (September 2, 1983) and Brett Butler and Brook Jacoby (October 21, 1983).
  • Released by Atlanta Braves (April 1, 1986).
  • Signed by Montreal Expos (April 28, 1986).
  • Released by Montreal Expos (March 20, 1987).
  • Signed by Milwaukee Brewers (April 28, 1987).

Trivia

  • All Star in 1981
  • Perfect Game in 1982


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