Born: December 8, 1879|
Died: March 6, 1965 (aged 85)|
Laguna Beach, California
|April 19, 1909 for the New York Highlanders|
Last MLB appearance
|October 6, 1929 for the St. Louis Browns|
|Runs batted in||390|
Career highlights and awards
James Phillip "Jimmy" Austin (December 8, 1879 – March 6, 1965) was a professional baseball player and coach.
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.
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
Austin remained in Dayton until
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Austin played regularly for the Browns until
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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."
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career stolen bases
- List of Major League Baseball player–managers
- McMurray, John. "Jimmy Austin". sabr.org. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Jimmy Austin at Find a Grave