Sunday, March 14, 2010

#580 Jimmie Hall

This card finally brings us to the end of another big ol' mess of cards from Max. Thanks again, pal!

Fun facts about Jimmie Hall:

-Jimmie was born in Mount Holly, NC, and signed with the Senators in 1956.

-Low batting averages and multiple position switches kept him in the minors for his first seven pro seasons.

-Hall made the Twins' roster at the beginning of 1963. The rookie soon earned a starting spot in the outfield, and hit .260 while setting an American League record for first-year players with 33 homers. He also drove in 80 runs, finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting.

-Though he dropped to 25 homers and 75 RBI in his sophomore season, Jimmie improved his average to .282 and made the All-Star team.

-A second straight All-Star appearance followed in 1965, as he reached career highs in doubles (25), RBI (86), and batting average (.285).

-Jimmie played only twice in the 1965 World Series due to his poor track record against lefties. The Dodgers started a lefthander in five of the seven games and came out on top.

-Joined the Angels in 1967 via a five-player trade, and hit 16 home runs in 401 at-bats. For the rest of his career, he would not top 250 at-bats in any season.

-With his move to the bench, Jimmie's power soon evaporated. He hopped from California to the Indians to the Yankees to the Cubs to the Braves in the span of three years.

-Though he played briefly at AAA Hawaii in 1971, Jimmie's major league career ended at age 32 in 1970. In eight seasons he hit .254 with 121 home runs and 391 RBI.

-Today Jimmie still makes his home in Mount Holly.

1 comment:

  1. Just thought I'd give you some fairly useless information, in return for the great joy I'm having reading all of your entries. You may have already noticed this. The cards ending in "0" were mostly designated by Topps for star players. The "5" cards were for those just below "star" status, or those younger players whom Topps considered future superstars. There you go!