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