Jeff Ballard (baseball)

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.

Jeff Ballard
Pitcher
Born: August 13, 1963 (age 55)
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

Playing career

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

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

  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.

External links

Jeff Ballard

Jeff Ballard may refer to:

Jeff Ballard (artist) (born 1977), American glass artist

Jeff Ballard (baseball) (born 1963), former Major League baseball player

Jeff Ballard (musician) (born 1963), American jazz drummer

List of athletes from Montana

There are no major league sports franchises in the American state of Montana due to the state's relatively small and dispersed population, but a number of minor-league teams play in the state.

Baseball is the minor-league sport with the longest heritage in the state, and Montana is home to four Minor League baseball teams, all members of the Pioneer Baseball League. Many athletes move out of Montana to pursue their professional career in other states.

Football and basketball are the two most popular sports at the high school level. Montana is one of the few states where the smallest high schools participate in six-man football leagues. Numerous other sports are played at the club and amateur level, including softball, rugby, and soccer.

A number of Montanans have become notable for their involvement in a wide range of sport. Dave McNally is a baseball player who was a starting pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles for 13 years. Phil Jackson is a basketball player and head coach who has been voted one of the Top 10 Coaches in National Basketball Association History. Flint Rasmussen is a rodeo clown who won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association "Clown of the Year" award for eight consecutive years. Football players and coaches from Montana include Dave Dickenson, Pat Donovan, Jerry Kramer, and Jan Stenerud. Dickenson played quarterback in both the Canadian Football League (CFL) and National Football League (NFL) before becoming a head coach in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions. Pat Donovan was ranked the top football player and number five overall athlete from Montana in the 20th century. Donovan played left tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, was a four-time Pro Bowler, and played in three Super Bowls, winning one. Jerry Kramer played offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers, was a three-time Pro Bowler, and a five-time All-Pro. He is ranked the number one player not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame by many Hall of Fame voters. Jan Stenerud is a Norwegian who went to college in Montana on a ski jumping scholarship. He was a placekicker in the American Football League (AFL) and NFL for 19 years, mostly for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the first soccer-style kicker in the NFL and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.In 1904, a group of young Native-American women from Montana, after playing undefeated during their last season, went to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition held in St. Louis, Missouri, and defeated all challenging teams and were declared to be world champions. For this they received a large silver trophy with the inscription "World's Fair – St. Louis, 1904 – Basket Ball – Won by Fort Shaw Team".

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