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Spider JorgensenJohn Donald JorgensonBorn: Nov. 3, 1919 in Folsom, Calif.Died: Nov. 6, 2003 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.Debut: 1947 | Pos: 3BH: 5’9″ | W: 155 | B: L | T: RYrs G AB R H HR RBI SB BA5 267 788 97 201 9 107 5 .266>> Visit the Spider Jorgensen biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Spider Jorgensen, who debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on the same day that teammate Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, died on Nov. 6, 2003 in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He was 84.In parts of five seasons in the major leagues, Jorgensen, who played third base, appeared in 267 games, hitting .266 with 9 home runs and 107 RBIs. His most productive season came in 1947 when he hit .274 in 441 at-bats with 5 home runs and 67 RBI.He appeared in the World Series in 1947 and 1949 (both teams facing the Yankees) and hit a combined .194 in 31 at-bats with 3 RBI.Jorgensen graduated from Folsom High School (Calif.) in 1936 and attended Sacramento City College from 1937-38. In the 1950s, he played for the Oakland Oaks.According to his obituary, Jorgensen was the coach of the Fair Oaks American Legion team that won the North Division championship in 1967. Current Cubs manager Dusty Baker had been a member of that team. For the past 22 years, Jorgensen had worked as a scout for the Cubs.Source: Sacramento Bee (11/8/2003)