Jeff Ballard (baseball)

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Jeff Ballard
Pitcher
Born: (1963-08-13) August 13, 1963 (age 56)
Billings, Montana
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 9, 1987, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
July 8, 1994, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record41–53
Earned run average4.71
Strikeouts244
Teams

Jeffrey Scott Ballard (born August 13, 1963) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1987 to 1994 for the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Playing career[edit]

Ballard earned a degree in geophysics from Stanford University.[1] In 1998 he was inducted into the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame as one of Stanford's top pitchers, holding the all-time record in wins, strikeouts, and innings pitched for more than 20 years, as well as earning First Team All-Pac-10 twice.[2]

In 1989, he finished in a tie with Dennis Eckersley and Gregg Olson for sixth place in American League Cy Young Award voting.[3] In 1995, Ballard's car collided with a semi truck on a highway in Idaho, breaking his neck and several ribs. The accident ended his career.[4]

In 2004, Baltimore Orioles fans voted Ballard one of their 50 best loved Orioles.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Following his career, Ballard returned to his hometown of Billings, Montana. In January 1996 he began working for his father and with his brother at Ballard Petroleum Holdings.[1]

Ballard married the former Kristen Callison in 2008. Together, they had a son, Kyren, and a daughter, Kennley, as of 2014.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bighaus, Bill (September 7, 2014). "Billings native has great memories of 'career year' pitching for '89 Orioles". The Billings Gazette. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Stanford Sports News : New to the Hall of Fame 1998". Stanford University. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  3. ^ "1989 Awards Voting". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  4. ^ Klingaman, Mike (July 21, 2011). "Catching up with Orioles pitcher Jeff Ballard". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Catching up with Orioles pitcher Jeff Ballard". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-07-05.

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