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Steve Busby

Steve Busby
Born: (1949-09-29) September 29, 1949 (age 70)
Burbank, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 8, 1972 for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
August 26, 1980 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Win–loss record 70–54
Earned run average 3.72
Strikeouts 659
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Career highlights and awards

Steven Lee "Buzz" Busby (born September 29, 1949) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Kansas City Royals. He batted and threw right-handed.

Professional career

A bright prospect, Busby won 56 games in his first three full seasons, only to have his career derailed by a rotator cuff tear. Drafted by the Royals in

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In a game against the California Angels on September 20, 1972, Busby hit a grand slam only to have it taken back by the first base umpire John Rice who said time out had been called to eject Jerry May. Nonetheless, Busby went on to hit a double and two singles in the game, while also earning the victory on the mound.[1]


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Busby had struggled with his control early in his career, but his problems returned to a greater degree in

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Unfortunately for Busby, the surgery did not save his career. After missing the entire

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In an eight-year career, Busby posted a 70-54 record with 659 strikeouts and a 3.72 in 1060.2 innings.

Despite the brevity of his career, Busby was among the first two players elected to the Royals Hall of Fame. Outfielder Amos Otis was the other. His 70 career victories ranks him ninth on the Royals' all-time list.

Broadcasting career

Following the end of his playing career, Busby became a sportscaster, primarily for the Texas Rangers, and has also worked as an instructor at a baseball school. Unlike most former players, Busby acts as both a play-by-play man and a color commentator, and traded positions with Eric Nadel on radio broadcasts. After replacing Dave Barnett as television play-by-play announcer in the middle of the 2012 season, Busby works exclusively on play-by-play, with Tom Grieve on color.


  1. ^ "Angels fall to Royals". The Fort Scott Tribune. 1972-09-22. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  2. ^ Brandon, Dave (2007-04-09). "Then and Now: RC Q&A with Steve Busby". Retrieved 2007-05-30. 

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Preceded by
Bill Stoneman
Phil Niekro
No-hitter pitcher
April 27, 1973
June 19, 1974
Succeeded by
Nolan Ryan
Dick Bosman