Jim Baumer

Bats: R Throws: R
Height: 74 Weight: 185
Born: Thursday, January 29, 1931 in Tulsa, OK USA
Died: 7 8 1996 in Paoli, PA USA
Debut: 9/14/1949
Last Game: 4/27/1961
Full Name: James Sloan Baumer

Jim Baumer had a highly unusual Major League playing career. After reaching the Majors at age 18 as a “bonus baby” with the 1949 Chicago White Sox, He hit .400 (four hits in 10 at bats, including a double and a triple). He then disappeared into the minor leagues for the decade of the 1950’s, and did not return to MLB until, as a 30-year-old, he had a brief trial with the 1961 Reds. He appeared in ten of Cincinnati’s first 13 games, eight as the Reds’ starting second baseman, but collected only three singles and batted .125. The day of his last MLB game, April 27, 1961, the Reds acquired second baseman Don Blasingame in a trade with the San Francisco Giants and Jim was soon traded away to the Detroit Tigers, never to make an appearance in the Majors again.

After his MLB and Minor League career, he played for the Nishitetsu Lions in Japan from 1963 until 1967.

Jim went on to work in baseball in many capacities, including a Scout with the Astros and as Scout, Die\rector of Scouting and as the General Manager for the Milwaukee Brewers. He then went on to hold many of those same positions for the Philadelphia Phillies.

He died at age 65 in the Philadelphia suburb of Paoli, Pennsylvania.