Deacon Jones (infielder)
Jones in 1963.
April 18, 1934 |
White Plains, New York
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|September 8, 1962 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1966 for the Chicago White Sox|
Grover William "Deacon" Jones (April 18, 1934 in White Plains, New York), is a retired professional baseball player who played first base in the Major Leagues from 1962-1966 with the Chicago White Sox.
In his 11-year minor-league career, Jones batted .319 with 154 home runs and a slugging percentage of .528. His major-league experience consisted of 60 plate appearances combined between the 1962, '63 and '66 seasons. He batted .286 (14 for 49) with one home run, and 10 RBIs. A great natural hitter, Jones still holds the Midwest League record for the highest single-season batting average when he hit .409 for Dubuque in 1956. He also had 135 hits, smashed 26 HRs and had a .758 slugging percentage in only 330 at-bats. Had Jones not suffered a shoulder injury during spring training of 1956 with the Chicago White Sox, it is not unreasonable to speculate that he might have had a substantial major-league career as a contemporary of other great African-American players of the era such as Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Frank Robinson.
After retiring, Jones served as a minor-league scout, coach, and manager in the White Sox organization through 1973. Jones was a coach for the Houston Astros from 1976–1982, and with the San Diego Padres from 1984-1987.
In Bleep! Larry Bowa Manages (Bonus Books, 1988), author Barry Bloom detailed that Jones was fired, along with two other coaches, from the Padres at the conclusion of the 1987 season. Jones joined the Baltimore Orioles as a minor-league hitting coach and liaison with minority communities.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference