Doug Bird

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James Douglas Bird

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Doug Bird was a solid reliever and swingman during the 1970s and early 1980s. A solid cog in the Kansas City Royals bullpen during their great stretch of success between 1976 and 1978, Bird is second in Royals team history with 16 three-inning saves.

On May 17, 1979, now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Bird came on in relief of Randy Lerch to allow 4 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings as part of the infamous 23-22 game between the Phils and Chicago Cubs. After moving to the Chicago Cubs, Doug took the bump on Opening Day 1982 with the Cubbies, defeating the Cincinnati Reds with 7 sharp innings, and finished his big league career with the Boston Red Sox in 1983 with a 73-60, 3.99 record and 60 saves, all but two of the saves coming with K.C.

In 1989, he played for the Fort Myers Sun Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association, finishing 1-4 with a 4.46 ERA and 3 saves in 23 games.

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