Jim McDonald (pitcher)
May 17, 1927|
Grants Pass, Oregon
|Died: October 23, 2004
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|July 27, 1950 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 26, 1958 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||4.27|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jimmie Le Roy McDonald [Hot Rod] (May 17, 1927 – October 23, 2004) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for five different teams between 1950 and 1958. Listed at 5' 10", 185 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.
McDonald worked a spot starter and filled various roles coming out of the bullpen as a middle reliever and set-up man. During his career, he was well known for being part of several transactions that included notable players. He entered the majors in 1950 with the Boston Red Sox, playing one year for them before joining the St. Louis Browns (1951), New York Yankees (1952–54), Baltimore Orioles (1955) and Chicago White Sox (1956–58). He went 3–4 with a 3.50 ERA in 26 appearances for the 1952 Yankees champions, including five starts, but did not pitch during the 1952 World Series. In 1952, he posted career-highs in wins (9), complete games (6) and innings pitched (129⅔). He also was the starter and winning pitcher in Game 5 of the 1953 World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In a nine-season career, McDonald posted a 24–27 record with a 4.37 ERA in 136 games, including 55 starts, 15 complete games, three shutouts, 30 games finished, one save, 158 strikeouts, and 468.0 innings pitched.
Though he died in 2004, his death was not "uncovered" by baseball researchers until 2011.
- Before the 1945 season was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a free agent.
- During the 1951 midseason,McDonald was sent by Boston, along with Matt Batts and Jim Suchecki, to the St. Louis Browns in exchange for Les Moss.
- Before the 1952 season was traded by St. Louis to the Yankees for Clint Courtney, who was the first catcher to wear glasses in major league history.
- In a 17-player trade before the 1955 season, the Yankees sent McDonald, Harry Byrd, Don Leppert, Bill Miller, Willy Miranda, Kal Segrist, Hal Smith, Gus Triandos, Gene Woodling, and a minor leaguer to the Baltimore Orioles, in exchange for Mike Blyzka, Jim Fridley, Billy Hunter, Darrell Johnson, Dick Kryhoski, Don Larsen and Bob Turley.
- In the 1955 midseason, was returned by Baltimore to the Yankees for Ed Lopat, but did not play for them.
- In 1956, he was dealt by New York to the Orioles, then purchased by the Chicago White Sox from Baltimore.