May 18, 1905|
|Died: March 1, 1980
|April 26, 1929, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 2, 1939, for the New York Yankees|
|Runs batted in||89|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jorgens was born in Modum, Buskerud County, Norway. His family moved to the United States, where he attended Lane Tech High School in Chicago, Illinois. His brother Orville Jorgens also played in the majors.
Art 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 career .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.
- 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.