Jim Duncan (baseball)

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Jim Duncan
Catcher / First baseman
Born: (1871-07-01)July 1, 1871
Saltsburg, Pennsylvania
Died: October 16, 1901(1901-10-16) (aged 30)
Foxburg, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 18, 1899, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
October 15, 1899, for the Cleveland Spiders
MLB statistics
Batting average .230
Home runs 2
Runs batted in 14

James William Duncan (July 1, 1871 – October 16, 1901) was a Major League Baseball player.


He was born on July 1, 1871 in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania.[1]

Duncan played baseball in the minor leagues from 1895 to 1899.[1] He was picked up by the National League's Washington Senators in July 1899; but after batting just .234 in 14 games, he was released. He then played the rest of the season for the worst major league team in history, the 1899 Cleveland Spiders. He had a .229 average in 105 at-bats. Duncan never played again after the 1899 season ended.

Two years later at the age of 30, Duncan drowned during a fishing trip on October 16, 1901 in Foxburg, Pennsylvania. According to a newspaper report, "In company with two friends, he went out in a row boat to fish, taking a quantity of dynamite to kill the fish. It is supposed that the boat was overturned by the explosion of the dynamite. Nothing was heard of the party for a few days when the bodies were found."[2] He was buried in Grove Hill Cemetery in Oil City, Pennsylvania.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "James William Duncan". SABR. Retrieved 2010-10-17. Positions: Catcher and First Baseman Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m), Weight: 140 lb. Born: July 1, 1871 in Saltsburg, PA (All Transactions) Debut: July 18, 1899 Teams (by GP): Spiders/Senators 1899 Final Game: October 15, 1899 Died: October 16, 1901 in Foxburg, PA Buried: Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City, PA 
  2. ^ "The Portland Word: James Duncan Drowned". Lewiston Evening Journal. November 2, 1901. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 

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