He was an American baseball player.
He was a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball during the early 1960s.
James attended the Chicago’s Leo High School.
He studied at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
James made his Major League Debut with the Reds after only one minor league season, with the 1958 Nashville Vols.
He led the AA Southern Association in wins (20), innings pitched, strikeouts and bases on balls.
From the 1961–64, James had won 19, 16, 17 and 17 games for the Cincinnati Reds, from 1961 to 1963 respectively 3rd, tied for 8th, and tied for 10th in the National League.
O’Toole played in the 1961 National League championship, in Cincinnati’s.
James won 19 of 28 decisions, with a running average of 3.10, second in the National League behind Warren Spahn.
Jim was named Player of the Month for September with a 5–0 record, 2.53 ERA, and 37 strikeouts.
Jim O’Toole had finished 10th in MVP voting.
Jim was the starting pitcher in the National League in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, in 1963 (his only appearance at the Summer Classic), pitching 2 innings and allowing 1 earned runs, not involved in the decision.
During his 10th season (1958–67), Jim won 98 and lost 84, with an ERA of 3.57.
He was inducted in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.
Jim O’Toole passed away at 78 yrs old.