James Warren Hardin (August 6, 1943 – March 9, 1991) was a professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Atlanta Braves from 1967 through 1973 and was a member of one of the best pitching staffs of the 1960s and 1970s that included Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Tom Phoebus, and Mike Cuellar. He earned a World Series ring in the 1970 World Series and was part of the dominant 1969 American League champions who lost that year's World Series to the "Miracle Mets." An 18 game winner in 1968, Hardin pitched 4½ years with Baltimore, half of one season with the New York Yankees and one year with the Atlanta Braves. He finished his career with a record of 43–32 and a 3.19 ERA. As a starting pitcher he was an iron man, registering 28 complete games in 100 career starts - a rate rivaled by few contemporary pitchers and even fewer current starters.
By Dean Hanley
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