Jim Owens (baseball)
Born: January 16, 1934|
|April 19, 1955 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Last MLB appearance
|June 20, 1967 for the Houston Astros|
|Earned run average||4.31|
Career highlights and awards
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Early baseball career
Originally signed by the Phillies in
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One stellar season for the Phillies
Owens then spent all of
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His best season was
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He was used almost entirely as a reliever in his one year with the
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Reliever and coach for the Astros
He spent the final four seasons of his career with the Astros, reunited with Farrell until May 8, 1967, when Farrell was traded. Owens was used almost entirely as a reliever for Houston, pitching in a total of 148 games and starting only 11 (all in 1964). He even led the team in relief appearances in
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Eighteen days later, on July 8, Owens retired from the field to become the Astros' pitching coach, succeeding the fired Gordon Jones, and the former disciplinary problem was so successful as a coach that he held that job through the end of the
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Overall, Owens' pitching record was 42–68 with a 4.31 ERA. Of the 286 games he appeared in, he started 103 of them, completing 21 of the starts and tossing one shutout. In 885⅓ innings, he gave up 84 home runs, walked 340 batters and struck out 516.
He was a poor hitter throughout his career. In 218 at-bats, he collected only 22 hits for a .101 batting average. He struck out 102 times. He had a .954 fielding percentage.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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- Venezuelan Baseball League statistics
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