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Jimmy Austin

For other people named James Austin, see James Austin (disambiguation).
Jimmy Austin
Third baseman
Born: December 8, 1879
Swansea, Wales
Died: March 6, 1965(1965-03-06) (aged 85)
Laguna Beach, California
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1909 for the New York Highlanders
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1929 for the St. Louis Browns
Career statistics
Batting average .246
Home runs 13
Runs batted in 390

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Career highlights and awards
  • Led AL in sacrifice hits in
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James Phillip "Jimmy" Austin (December 8, 1879 – March 6, 1965) was a professional baseball player and coach.

Early years

Austin was born in Swansea, Wales, the son of a shipbuilder. He was one of only three Major League Baseball players to be born in Wales (the others being pitcher Ted Lewis and infielder Peter Morris). His father moved to the United States in 1885 to find work, and Austin followed in 1887. He did not see a baseball game until he was 14 years old.[1]

After leaving school in 1889, Austin became an apprentice machinist with Westinghouse. After finishing his four-year apprenticeship, Westinghouse went on strike. Austin took up an offer of $40 a month, plus a job, to play independent ball in Warren, Ohio. He returned to Westinghouse that fall, but in the spring of

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Professional baseball

Austin remained in Dayton until

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In this famous 1909 photograph, Austin is tripped by Ty Cobb on a stolen base attempt.

Austin played regularly for the Browns until

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Later life

After his coaching career ended, Austin retired and moved to Laguna Beach, California, and served as the town's mayor during the 1940s.[1]

Austin was one of the ballplayers who told his story in Lawrence Ritter's classic 1965 book, The Glory of Their Times, from which much of the information in this article came.

Austin is also immortalized in the Charles M. Conlon photo as the third baseman trying to avoid Ty Cobb's spikes on a stolen base. Of the play, Austin said, "That's Cobb sliding into third and the other guy is me."

See also


  1. ^ a b McMurray, John. "Jimmy Austin". Retrieved December 21, 2011.

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