Jim McDonald (pitcher)

Jim McDonald (pitcher)

Jim McDonald
Born: (1927-05-17)May 17, 1927
Grants Pass, Oregon
Died: October 23, 2004(2004-10-23) (aged 77)
Kingman, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 27, 1950 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
April 26, 1958 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Win-loss record 24–27
Earned run average 4.27
Strikeouts 158

Career highlights and awards

  • World Series Champion: 1953

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.[1]

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.[2]



External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • Retrosheet