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Bobby Witt
Pitcher
Born: May 11, 1964 (1964-05-11) (age 45)
Arlington, Virginia
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 10, 1986 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 2001 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
Earned run average     4.83
Won-lost     142-157
Strikeouts     1955
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Career highlights and awards

Robert Andrew Witt (born May 11, 1964, in Arlington, Virginia) was a pitcher for the Major League Baseball Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Cleveland Indians, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Witt was drafted out of the University of Oklahoma with the third pick of the first round by the Texas Rangers in 1985. His first professional win came in 1986 with the Texas Rangers as he had failed to win a game in the minor leagues. He was known as a hard-throwing right-hander with control problems throughout his career and many in Arlington began to call him "Witt 'n Wild" as a play on the waterpark Wet 'n Wild, which was located next to Arlington Stadium. He led the league in walks three times and wild pitches twice. Witt retired in 2001 after winning a World Series ring with the Arizona Diamondbacks. His career record is 142 - 157 with an ERA of 4.83.

On August 2, 1987 Witt struck out 4 batters in one inning.1

He set the Texas Rangers club record set in 1970 with his 7th consecutive road win of the season, a feat that was not matched by a Rangers pitcher until Scott Feldman did it in 2009.[1][2]

On June 23, 1994, as a member of the Oakland A's, he lost his bid for a perfect game when first base umpire Gary Cederstrom called the Kansas City Royals' Greg Gagne safe in the 6th inning[1] on a close play at first base on a bunt. Replays clearly showed that Gagne was out. Witt went on to complete the game with only that one hit allowed and no walks.

On June 30, 1997, he became the first American League pitcher to hit a home run since Roric Harrison on October 3, 1972.[3][4] His blast was against off Ismael Valdes of the Los Angeles Dodgers in an interleague contest in the top of the 6th inning. The bat with which he hit this home run is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame 3.

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