Born: September 29, 1949|
|September 8, 1972 for the Kansas City Royals|
Last MLB appearance
|August 26, 1980 for the Kansas City Royals|
|Earned run average||3.72|
Career highlights and awards
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.
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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.
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.
- Baseball Reference - Career statistics and analysis
April 27, 1973
June 19, 1974
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