Art Jorgens

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Art Jorgens
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Catcher
Born: (1905-05-18)May 18, 1905
Modum, Norway
Died: March 1, 1980(1980-03-01) (aged 74)
Wilmette, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 26, 1929 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
August 2, 1939 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average .238
Hits 176
Runs batted in 89
Teams

Arndt Ludwig Jorgens [Art] (May 18, 1905 – March 1, 1980) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1929 through 1939 for the New York Yankees.

Biography[edit]

Jorgens was born in Modum, Buskerud County, Norway. His brother Orville Jorgens also played in the majors. Jorgens batted and threw right-handed. He was slender for a catcher, at 5' 9" 160-lb.

Jorgens was purchased by the New York Yankees from Oklahoma City (Western) on August 24, 1928. His debut game with the New York Yankees was on April 26, 1929. Jorgens played his entire major league career with the Yankees serving as a backup catcher for Bill Dickey in eleven consecutive seasons. In 1934, he posted career-highs in hits (38), runs batted in (20) and (games (58), and batted a career-high .238 in 1935. Jorgens was a .238 hitter with four home runs and 89 RBI in 307 games. He has been one of only three Norwegian-born players to reach the major leagues. His final games with the New York Yankees was on August 2, 1939.[1]

Jorgens died in Wilmette, Illinois, at age of 74. He is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • Jorgens has the dubious distinction of having played on teams that won five pennants and five world championships (the New York Yankees in 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1939), yet never making a single appearance in a World Series game. Over that period, the team's star catcher, (future Hall of Famer) Bill Dickey, played every inning of each World Series game.

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