Date and Place of Birth:
November 13, 1925
May 4, 2006
Baseball Experience: Major League
Military Unit: 95th Evacuation Hospital, Army Medical Corps US Army
Area Served: European Theater of Operations
Major League Stats: Jim Delsing on Baseball-Almanac
H “Jim” Delsing was born on November 13, 1925 in
He was shifted to the outfield the following year
and batted .312 with 69 RBIs for
"Uncle Sam called me up," he recalled in the Spring 2006 edition of Pop Flies - the official newsletter of the St. Louis Browns Historical Society, "I went into the service on the opening day of the 1944 season. I went into the Army and was in the medical corps. I went into the European Theater of Operations, landing there right after the Bulge. I spent 1944 and '45 in the service, picked up a few battle stars and that was it." He was assigned to the 95th Evacuation Hospital of the Army Medical Corps and served in France and Germany.
Delsing was honourably discharged in the spring
of 1946 and was sent to
The youngster’s contract was purchased by the
Chicago White Sox at the end of the year. He hit well in spring
Delsing batted .316 with
Delsing spent most of 1949 with
In 1951, he played 131 games for the Browns and produced a .249 batting average and 45 RBIs. Perhaps his most memorable moment occurred on August 19, when Eddie Gaedel, a 65-pound midget who was 3-foot-7, made his first and only plate appearance as a pinch hitter for the St Louis Browns. Gaedel was walked on four pitches by Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Bob Cain and then was taken out for pinch runner Jim Delsing. The gimmick by Browns’ owner Bill Veeck was legal, but later outlawed.
In August 1952, he was traded to the Detroit Tigers where he remained until May 1956. Delsing produced his best numbers with the Tigers and in 1953 he batted .288 with 62 RBIs and 11 home runs in 138 games.
He was traded to the White Sox in 1956 and
returned to the minor leagues the following year. Between 1957 and
1960, Delsing played for
Jim Delsing passed away on May 4, 2006 in
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