Umbarger pitched for four years in the major leagues, almost exclusively for the Texas Rangers. He went 25-33 during the span with a 4.14 ERA. He broke in with Texas in 1975, winning eight games and saving two more in 56 games. Umbarger joined the Rangers’ rotation full time in 1976, starting 30 games and finishing with a 10-12 record in 197.1 innings of work. He also posted a 3.15 ERA and a career-high 105 strikeouts. Texas traded him to the Oakland A’s prior to the 1977 season, but he pitched in just 12 games for Oakland before they sold him back to Texas. Umbarger appeared in 32 games for the Rangers in 1978 which was his last year in the majors. He continued pitching in the minor leagues until his retirement in 1983.
As he notes on his questionnaire, Umbarger pitched in the longest baseball game in history, which took place April 18, 1981 between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings. Playing for the Red Wings, Umbarger pitched 10 innings in the game, allowing four hits and no runs while striking out nine hitters. Rochester lost the game in the 33rd inning, which was the inning after Umbarger departed.
Jim Umbarger – career stats