Jim Small (baseball)

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Jim Small
Born: (1937-03-08) March 8, 1937 (age 77)
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 22, 1955 for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1958 for the Kansas City Athletics
Career statistics
Batting average .270
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 10

James Arthur Patrick Small (born March 8, 1937 in Portland, Oregon) is a former professional baseball player who played Major League Baseball from 1955 to 1958 for the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Athletics.

Small was signed as a free agent bonus baby by the Detroit Tigers in 1955. As a bonus baby, the Tigers were required to keep Small on their major league roster for both 1955 and 1956.[1]

In the major leagues Small was used entirely as an outfielder. While playing in the minor leagues, it was decided in 1960 to convert Small into a pitcher. After getting shelled in a few appearances, he was sent back to the outfield.[2] Small did however make one pitching appearance in 1962, his last year as a professional baseball player.

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  1. ^ Treder, Steve. "Cash in the Cradle: The Bonus Babies". hardballtimes.com. Retrieved 2006-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Hershberger Winter Loop Batting King". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2010-03-25.