December 26, 1961 |
|September 21, 1984 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1989 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||117|
James Joseph Larry "Jim" Traber (born December 26, 1961) is an American former professional baseball player and current sports talk show host in Oklahoma City. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman for the Baltimore Orioles and then played for the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Nippon Professional Baseball league.
Traber was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Columbia, Maryland. While attending Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Traber was an All American, playing Football, Baseball, and other sports. Jim also sang in the Chorus, and appeared in the 1979 Spring concert at Wilde Lake singing, "Three Times A Lady," with the Jazz Band. He attended Oklahoma State University in the early-1980s, where he played both baseball (appearing twice in the College World Series) and football. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft. and played parts of four seasons for the Orioles between 1984 and 1989, where his nickname was "The Hummer". During the biggest slump of his career for Baltimore, Traber switched to wearing a V-neck jersey and soon captured player of the week honors cranking out 3 homers and 11 RBIs in the early summer of 1987. Traber's success with the Orioles was hindered by timing, as 1st baseman, Eddie Murray, wasn't ready to retire, and Jim was anxious to play in that position.[original research?]
After his MLB career, Traber played baseball in Japan for the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1990 and 1991, and one season for Monterrey of the Mexican League in 1993. His time in Japan is perhaps most memorable for an incident in which Traber rushed the mound subsequent to being hit by a pitch, chasing the retreating pitcher into the outfield. After charging the pitcher a second time, he tripped while running and was kicked in the face on the way down. Grainy footage of this incident is still widely distributed on the Internet.
His involvement with sports talk radio began after his retirement from professional sports. He served as a television color analyst for Fox Sports' regional coverage of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the team's World Series victory season of 2001, for which he was awarded a World Series ring. Traber was also part-time color analyst for the 2001 World Series radio broadcast. He can be heard cheering in celebration behind Greg Schulte during the famous play-by-play call of "A little blooper... Base hit! Diamondbacks Win!" for Luis Gonzalez's game-winning hit. Traber continued announcing in 2002 and 2003. Currently, Traber hosts "The Afternoon Sports Beat" and "Total Dominance Hour," shows on WWLS-FM radio station in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Traber was named as one of the all-time worst players in Orioles history, in an article titled, "The Zeros of Birdland."
- Jim Traber at thebaseballcube.com
- About Jim at jimtraber.com
- Oklahoma State University. "Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame Bios" (PDF). Retrieved 1 March 2010.
- Jim Traber at baseball-reference.com
- "Jim Traber Finds Comfort a Long Way From Home" by Ken Rosenthal at latimes.com, URL accessed August 3, 2009
- Traber Charging Mound at youtube.com
- Radio Schedule, at jimtraber.com
- Zeroes of Birdland: Presenting the Most Useless Orioles of All Time at citypaper.com
- 1987 Topps baseball card # 484
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Official Jim Traber Website