Bill James (pitcher, born 1887)

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This article is about the pitcher who debuted in 1911. For the pitcher who debuted in 1913, see Bill James (pitcher, born 1892).
Bill James
Pitcher
Born: (1887-01-20)January 20, 1887
Detroit, Michigan
Died: May 25, 1942(1942-05-25) (aged 55)
Venice, California
Batted: Both Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 1911 for the Cleveland Naps
Last MLB appearance
September 17, 1919 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Win–loss record 64-71
Strikeouts 408
Earned run average 3.20
Teams

William Henry "Big Bill" James (January 20, 1887 – May 25, 1942) was a professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of eight seasons in Major League Baseball between 1911 and 1919. Primarily used as a starting pitcher, he played for the Cleveland Naps (1911–1912), St. Louis Browns (1914–1915), Detroit Tigers (1915–1919), Boston Red Sox (1919) and Chicago White Sox (1919). James was a switch hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in Detroit, Michigan.

In an eight-season career, Big Bill posted a 65–71 record with 408 strikeouts and a 3.20 ERA in 1179.2 innings pitched. In 1917, Chick Gandil and his teammate, Swede Risberg, allegedly collected $45 from each member of the White Sox and paid off the Detroit Tigers in two crucial doubleheaders late in the season. When Big Bill agreed that his team would go easy, the Tigers lost all four games, allowing the White Sox to win the American League pennant. He was one of the clean members on the 1919 Chicago White Sox team which was made famous by the Black Sox scandal. Even so, Big Bill gave up 8 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs for a 5.79 ERA in 4-2/3 innings pitched in the 1919 World Series.

Big Bill died in Venice, California, at age of 55.

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