Jim Stump, baseball player, Died at 83


James Gilbert Stump was born on February 10, 1932, and died on November 19, 2015.

He was an American professional baseball player who appeared in 11 Major League Baseball games as a relief pitcher for the 1957 and 1959 Detroit Tigers.

James threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 188 pounds (85 kg).

James signed with the Tigers in 1951 and his first two minor league seasons – sandwiched around a two-year military stint during the Korean War – were noteworthy, as he won 30 of 43 decisions (.698).

After winning 14 games for the 1957 Birmingham Barons of the Double-A Southern Association, James made his Major League debut for the Tigers against the Boston Red Sox at Briggs Stadium, working one inning in relief and giving up a hit, a run and two bases on balls, including one to Ted Williams, in a 6-1 Tiger defeat.

But, overall, James first trial with Detroit was successful; he appeared in five more games played, won his only decision, and surrendered a total of only three earned runs in 13⅓ innings, for a sparkling 2.08 earned run average.

The next two seasons, James put up identical 8–11 records with the Triple-A Charleston Senators, before receiving his second and final audition with the Tigers in 1959, pitching in 11⅓ innings and posting another strong ERA (2.38).

James played two more seasons of minor league ball – ironically, posting a third straight 8–11 season in the American Association in 1960 – and retired after the 1961 campaign.

James Stump passed away at age 83 in November 2015.