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James Henry Delsing
Born: Nov. 13, 1925 in Rudolph, Wisconsin
Died: May 4, 2006 in Chesterfield, Missouri
Debut: 1948 | Pos: OF
H: 5’10” | W: 175 | B: L | T: R

10 822 2491 322 627 40 286 15 .255

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Jim Delsing, an outfielder who spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues. died on May 4, 2006 following complications of cancer. He was 80.

He hit .255 in his career with 40 home runs and 286 RBI. His career included stops with Chicago AL, New York AL, St. Louis AL, Detroit, and Kansas City.

On Aug. 19, 1951, he was part of the bizarre story that played out when the St. Louis Browns played the Detroit Tigers. St. Louis owner Bill Veeck had signed Eddie Gaedel to appear in a game. Bob Cain, the Tigers’ pitcher, walked Gaedel on four pitchers. When Gaedel made it to first place, he was replaced by a pinch runner — Jim Delsing.

According to his obituary, Delsing signed a professional baseball contract when he was 16 years old. He spent five seasons in the minor leagues before making it the White Sox in 1948 for 20 games.

In 1952, St. Louis traded Delsing, along with Bud Black, Ned Garver and Dave Madison to the Tigers for Dick Littlefield, Marlin Stuart, Don Lenhardt and Vic Wertz.

His best season came in 1953 while playing for the Tigers. He hit .288 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI in a career-high 479 at-bats.