- May 28, 1963: Signed by the New York Mets as
an amateur free agent.
- October 14, 1968: Drafted by the San Diego
Padres from the New York Mets as the 5th pick in the 1968
- April 25, 1969: Traded by the San Diego
Padres to the Chicago Cubs for Joe Niekro, Gary Ross, and
- November 17, 1969: Traded by the Chicago Cubs
with Oscar Gamble to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to
be named later and Johnny Callison. The Philadelphia Phillies
sent Larry Colton (January, 1970) to the Chicago Cubs to
complete the trade.
- May 8, 1973: Released by the Philadelphia
- May 21, 1973: Signed as a Free Agent with the
St. Louis Cardinals.
- September 26, 1973: Purchased by the
California Angels from the St. Louis Cardinals.
- July 29, 1974: Purchased by the Milwaukee
Brewers from the California Angels.
- August 12, 1974: Returned to the California
Angels by the Milwaukee Brewers following previous purchase.
Richard Jay Selma (November 4,
1943 in Santa Ana, California - August 29, 2001), was a professional
baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from
1965-1974. He played for the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, San Diego
Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, California Angels, and Milwaukee
Brewers during his 10-year major league career.
Selma played college baseball at Fresno City College. After a
year, Selma was signed as an amateur free agent by the Mets on May
28, 1963 and made his Major League debut two seasons later. In
only his second career start, he threw a 10-inning shutout in a 1-0
victory against the Milwaukee Braves, throwing 13 strikeouts in the
process. The 13 strikeouts thrown were at the time a Mets
franchise record. He had two wins and one loss in four games that
season, and spent the next two seasons with the Mets as a relief
pitcher. During the 1968 season, Selma became a starting pitcher
again like he was his rookie year, and started 23 games, posting a
9-10 record with an ERA of 2.76. This, along with his 117
strikeouts, led the expansion San Diego Padres to draft him with the
fifth pick in the 1968 expansion draft on October 14, 1968.
Selma was given the start for the Padres on opening day of the 1969
season. On April 8, 1969, Selma pitched a complete game and threw 12
strikeouts en route to a 2-1 victory, the Padres' first in franchise
history. Selma ended up pitching only four games for the Padres,
as they traded him to the Chicago Cubs on April 25, 1969 for Joe
Niekro, Gary Ross, and Frankie Libran. It was during his time
with the Cubs that Selma became known as a cheerleader for those
sitting in Wrigley Field's bleachers. He finished his tenure with
the Cubs with a 10-8 record, 161 strikeouts, and a 3.63 ERA.
However, he had a 7-1 record before finishing 10-8, and partially as
a result of this skid was traded. Selma was traded to the
Philadelphia Phillies on November 17, 1969 with Oscar Gamble for a
player to be named later (who became Larry Colton) and Johnny
The Phillies turned Selma into their closer for the 1970 season. He
converted 22 saves in 73 appearances, and his 73 games played and 47
games finished were both second highest in the National League.
He started 10 games in the 1972 season, but in his four seasons in
Philadelphia, Selma was primarily used as a reliever. He was
released by the Phillies on May 8, 1973, but was signed by the St.
Louis Cardinals on May 21. He never appeared in a game for the
Cardinals, and at the end of the season his contract was purchased
by the California Angels. He played 18 games for the Angels
during the 1974 season, his contract was purchased by the Milwaukee
Brewers, who he only played two games with. Selma was returned to
the Angels after the two appearances, and did not appear in a major
league game again.
After retiring from the game, Selma returned to Fresno and took a
night job so that he could play and coach baseball in the area.
He was an assistant coach at his alma mater and served as the
pitching coach at Clovis High School. Selma died on August 29,
2001 in Clovis, California, as a result of liver cancer.