Jim Gentile

James Edward Gentile (born June 3, 1934), also nicknamed "Diamond Jim", is an American former professional baseball first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Athletics, Houston Astros, and Cleveland Indians between 1957 and 1966.

Jim Gentile
Jim Gentile 1965
First baseman
Born: June 3, 1934 (age 85)
San Francisco, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 10, 1957, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 3, 1966, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.260
Home runs179
Runs batted in549
Career highlights and awards

Early career

Born in San Francisco, California, Gentile was a powerful, left-handed slugger listed at 6' 4", 215 lb. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers as a high school pitcher in 1952.[1] He played his first minor league season as a pitcher, earning a 2-6 win-lost record. The next year he was converted into a first baseman.[1] He languished for eight years in the minors for a Dodgers team that already had All-Star Gil Hodges at first base and Norm Larker.[1] He dominated the minors, leading two separate leagues in home runs.[1]

On September 24, 1957, Gentile made the last putout at Brooklyn's famed Ebbets Field in the final game ever played there. Dee Fondy, batting for Pittsburgh, hit a ground ball to Don Zimmer at shortstop. Zimmer threw to Gentile at first base for the game's final out.


Gentile was traded to Baltimore in 1960, where he was named to the 1960 All-Star Game his first full season. He enjoyed his best season in 1961, hitting a career-highs .302 batting average, 46 home runs, 141 runs batted in(see below), 96 runs, 147 hits, 25 doubles, 96 walks, .423 on-base percentage, .646 slugging average and 1.069 OPS. He finished third in the MVP ballot (behind Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris). In addition, Gentile hit five grand slams — including two straight in one game[2] — setting an American League record that stood until Don Mattingly belted six in 1987.[1]

In a nine-season career, Gentile batted .260 (759-for-2922) with 179 home runs, 549 RBI, 434 runs, 113 doubles, six triples, and three stolen bases in 936 games. Following his major league career, he played one season in Japan for the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1969.

Gentile managed the Fort Worth Cats when they returned to baseball in 2001 and 2002. Jim also managed the 2005 Mid-Missouri Mavericks of the Frontier League.

1961 RBI record keeping error

Gentile's 141 RBIs in 1961 was second only to Roger Maris' 142 RBIs, however, analysis by the Society for American Baseball Research[3] determined Maris was incorrectly credited with an RBI in a game on July 5, 1961. Maris reached base on an error by numerous accounts. Therefore, Gentile and Maris both had 141 RBIs in 1961. Gentile's contract with the Orioles in 1961 called for a $5,000 bonus if he led the league in RBIs. The Orioles made good on that deal 50 years later and presented Gentile with a check for $5,000 at a game in 2010.[4]

Gentile now lives in Edmond, Oklahoma.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Finkel, Jon (May 13, 2013). "Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris And Jim Gentile: The Story Of Baseball's Forgotten 1961 Sensation". The PostGame. Yahoo! Sports!. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. ^ Wilks, Ed (10 May 1961). "Oriole first baseman belts two grand slams". The Florence Times. p. 10. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Pick Six Passers Added to 1950".
  4. ^ "Ex-Oriole Jim Gentile lost $5,000 over error giving Roger Maris RBI crown".
  5. ^ JIM GENTILE – 1961 Most Valuable Oriole | Urban Shocker's Weblog Retrieved 2012-10-24.

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1960 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1960 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing second in the American League with a record of 89 wins and 65 losses, eight games behind the AL Champion New York Yankees.

1960 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (second game)

The second 1960 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 29th playing of Major League Baseball's annual midsummer exhibition game. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in New York City, home of the American League's New York Yankees. The National League won the game by a score of 6–0. The National League hit four home runs, tying an All-Star Game record.

1961 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1961 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 3rd in the American League with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, 14 games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees. The team was managed by Paul Richards and Lum Harris, and played their home games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

1962 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1962 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses.

1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (first game)

The first 1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 32nd playing of Major League Baseball's annual midsummer exhibition game between the American League and National League. President John F. Kennedy was the second president to attend the event and threw out the first pitch. A highlight of the game was the first presentation of the Arch Ward Trophy. It was first presented in 1962 as a tribute to the man who helped found the All-Star Game in 1933. That first presentation went to Leon Wagner of the Los Angeles Angels (second game MVP) and to Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers (first game MVP), because two Midsummer Classics were played.The spotlight on this game belonged to Maury Wills. Entering the lineup in the sixth inning to pinch-run for Stan Musial, he stole second then scored the first run of the game off a Dick Groat single. In the eighth inning, Wills reached base by a single. He rounded second on a short single hit by Jim Davenport to left field. Wills reached third base safely and scored on a foul out to right field moments later. This performance earned him the first All-Star Most Valuable Player Award. Roberto Clemente was a key contributor with three hits in the game.

1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (second game)

The second 1962 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 33rd playing of Major League Baseball's annual midsummer exhibition game. The game took place at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, home of the National League's Chicago Cubs. The American League emerged triumphant as they finally broke out of a five-game slump with nine runs. The nine runs equaled their total for the previous five games. The AL also racked up ten hits. Their victory kept the National League from tying the All-Star series at 16–16. The AL also had home runs by Pete Runnels, Leon Wagner and Rocky Colavito. A highlight of the game was the first presentation of the Arch Ward Trophy to the MVPs of each All-Star Game. It was first presented in 1962 as a tribute to Arch Ward, the man who founded the All-Star Game in 1933. That first presentation went to Leon Wagner of the Los Angeles Angels (second game MVP) and to Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers (first game MVP), because two Midsummer Classics were played.

1963 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1963 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing fourth in the American League with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses.

1964 Kansas City Athletics season

The 1964 Kansas City Athletics season was the tenth for the franchise in Kansas City and the 64th overall. It involved the A's finishing 10th in the American League with a record of 57 wins and 105 losses, 42 games behind the American League Champion New York Yankees.

1965 Houston Astros season

The 1965 Houston Astros season was the franchise's first season in the Houston Astrodome, as well as its first season as the Astros after three seasons known as the Colt .45s. It involved the Houston Astros finishing in ninth place in the National League with a record of 65–97, 32 games behind the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros were managed by Lum Harris.

1966 Houston Astros season

The 1966 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished eighth in the National League with a record of 72–90, 23 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame

The following is a list of all members of the Baltimore Orioles' Hall of Fame, representing the most significant contributors to the history of the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team. The hall of fame is on display at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dee Fondy

Dee Virgil Fondy (October 31, 1924 – August 19, 1999) was an American professional baseball player who played first base in the Major Leagues from 1951 to 1958. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago Cubs.

Fondy was 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and weighed 195 pounds. He spent a portion of his youth in

San Bernardino, California.Fondy was the last player to bat at Ebbets Field. The Pirates lost to the Dodgers 2–0 on September 24, 1957. He grounded out to shortstop Don Zimmer who threw to first baseman Jim Gentile for the final out of the game. He batted above .300 three times, twice for the Cubs and the Pirates during the 1950s.

Don Rudolph

Frederick Donald Rudolph (August 16, 1931 – September 12, 1968) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) left-handed pitcher. He appeared in 124 games pitched over all or parts of six major league seasons for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators between 1957 and 1964. The native of Baltimore was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 195 pounds (88 kg).

Rudolph's professional baseball career extended from 1950 through 1966, except for the 1953 season, which he spent in the United States Army. Of his 124 MLB appearances, 57 were starts. He compiled an 18–32 record (.360), with ten complete games and two shutouts. The two whitewashings came in back-to-back starts for Washington during 1962; he defeated the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles on August 23 and 28, respectively. In 450​1⁄3 MLB innings pitched, he allowed 485 hits and 102 bases on balls, striking out 182 hitters. His career ERA was 4.00. He was credited with three saves.

Known during his career as the husband and manager of burlesque dancer "Patti Waggin" (born Patricia Brownell), Rudolph was a batting practice pitcher for the American League (AL) All-Star team on July 10, 1962 at District of Columbia Stadium (Robert F. Kennedy Stadium). In 1963, he pitched in 37 games for Washington and led the AL in fielding percentage as a pitcher with a 1.000 fielding average. He also was the starting pitcher for Washington's traditional "Presidential Opener" on April 8 that season. After John F. Kennedy threw out the ceremonial first pitch, Rudolph went five innings against the Baltimore Orioles, allowing home runs to left-handed hitters Jim Gentile and Boog Powell and taking the 3–1 loss.Rudolph owned a construction business when he was killed in a truck accident at age 37.

Ernie Fazio

Ernest Joseph Fazio (January 25, 1942 – December 1, 2017) was an American professional baseball second baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Colt .45s (1962–63) and Kansas City Athletics (1966). Fazio attended Santa Clara University, threw and batted right-handed, stood 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m) tall and weighed 165 pounds (75 kg).Fazio signed with the Colt .45s and split his first professional season, 1962, between Houston's first-ever National League team and its Triple-A affiliate, the Oklahoma City 89ers. In 1963, he was able to play in 102 games for Houston by filling in at second base, third base and shortstop. He hit both of his major league home runs in that year, off lefthanders Denny Lemaster and Hall of Famer Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves.

After the 1965 season, he was the "player to be named later" in an earlier trade that sent Houston pitcher Jesse Hickman to the Athletics for slugger Jim Gentile. Despite his small stature, Fazio had shown power that year by hitting 23 home runs for Oklahoma City. He played in 27 games for the Athletics as a backup infielder during the 1966 season.

All told, Fazio appeared in 141 MLB games, and garnered 50 hits in 274 at bats.

Jesse Hickman

Jesse Owens Hickman (born February 18, 1939 in Lecompte, Louisiana) is an American former Major League Baseball player who pitched for the 1965–1966 Kansas City Athletics. The 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 186 lb (84 kg) right-hander attended Louisiana College.

Hickman originally signed with the Philadelphia Phillies and also pitched in the minor league system of the Houston Colt .45s/Astros before being traded to the Athletics with a player to be named later (infielder Ernie Fazio) for slugging first baseman Jim Gentile on June 4, 1965. The following night, he made his Major League debut at home in relief against the Boston Red Sox. Although he pitched a scoreless tenth inning, Hickman surrendered a home run to Red Sox closer Dick Radatz in the eleventh frame and took the 5–3 loss, his only MLB decision. The homer, Radatz' only MLB long ball, cleared the deep left-field fence at Municipal Stadium.

Hickman appeared in 12 more MLB games during 1965 and 1966, striking out 16 men in 16⅓ innings pitched, but yielding ten earned runs, nine hits and nine bases on balls. He retired from baseball after the 1967 minor league season.

List of Baltimore Orioles team records

This is a list of team records for the Baltimore Orioles baseball franchise. Records include when the franchise was the Brewers and Browns.

Norm Siebern

Norman Leroy "Norm" Siebern (July 26, 1933 – October 30, 2015) was a Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, San Francisco Giants, and Boston Red Sox from 1956 to 1968. His best season came in 1962 with the A's, when he hit 25 home runs, had 117 runs batted in and a .308 batting average. He might be most remembered however, as being one of the players the Yankees traded for Roger Maris. He was signed by Yankees scout Lou Maguolo.Siebern played for the 1956 and 1958 World Series champion Yankees, and nine years later returned to the '67 Series with the Red Sox.

On December 11, 1959, he was part of a seven-player trade that sent him along with World Series heroes Don Larsen and Hank Bauer to the Kansas City A's in exchange for outfielder Roger Maris and two other players. Maris ended up breaking Babe Ruth's single-season home run record in 1961.

The Orioles acquired Siebern on November 27, 1963 in an exchange of starting first basemen, sending Jim Gentile and $25,000 to the Athletics. He spent two seasons in Baltimore, losing his starting spot in the middle of 1965 to Boog Powell, who successfully made the transition from the outfield. Siebern was traded to the Angels on December 2, 1965 for outfielder Dick Simpson. Seven days later, Simpson would be one of three players sent to the Cincinnati Reds for Frank Robinson.Siebern made the American League All-Star teams in 1962, 1963 and 1964.

He had 1,217 hits for his career, with 132 home runs and a lifetime batting average of .272. Defensively, his career fielding percentage was .991. At first base his fielding percentage was .992 and as an outfielder was .984.

Siebern attended Southwest Missouri State, where he played basketball with future New York baseball teammate Jerry Lumpe on a team that won two NAIA Championships in 1952 and 1953. Both players had to miss some tournament games to report to baseball spring training camp with the Yankees.

There's Know Place Like Home

There's Know Place Like Home is Kansas' fifth live album. It was released as a double CD and also on DVD on October 13, 2009 and Blu-ray on November 23, 2009. The DVD charted at No. 5 on the Billboard Music DVD chart the week of its release, Kansas's only appearance on that chart.There's Know Place Like Home is a recording of a concert that took place on February 7, 2009 in Topeka, Kansas at Washburn University (which several members of Kansas attended) along with the Washburn University Symphony Orchestra. The concert featured several orchestral arrangements by Larry Baird of Kansas songs (Baird also served as conductor for this concert) - arrangements the band has been playing with symphony orchestras around the US since the release of 1998's Always Never the Same which featured the London Symphony Orchestra accompanying the band.

The cover features the old man depicted on the cover of Leftoverture and the papers around him with a black background.

A special edition bundle has been released, containing the DVD and two CDs of the concert.

Tony Roig

Anton Ambrose Roig (December 23, 1927 – October 20, 2010) was a utility infielder who played in Major League Baseball between the 1953 and 1956 seasons. Listed at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 180 lb, he batted and threw right-handed.A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Roig spent more than a half-century in professional baseball, which included a prominent role with the Spokane Indians of the Pacific Coast League.Basically a shortstop, Roig was able to play at both second and third base during 21 seasons, including parts of three years for the original Washington Senators of the American League, three years with Spokane, and six in Nippon Professional Baseball.

The versatile Roig later managed in the Minor leagues and spent nearly 30 years as a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels and Philadelphia Phillies systems, where he also served as their hitting instructor.Roig signed his first professional contract as a 19-year-old pitcher with the Phillies organization in 1948. Two years later, he was sent by Philadelphia to Washington, where he played in the middle infield and outfield while hitting .327 in 129 games for Class-D Rome Red Sox, then finished the year with Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.After two years in the United States Army during Korean War, Roig spent most of 1953 at Chattanooga, where he batted .303 and earned a call-up to the Senators in late September.

He divided the next four years between Washington, Chattanooga, Class-A Charlotte Hornets and Triple-A Louisville Colonels.

Shuffled back to Chattanooga for 1957, he hit .300, though an injury limited him to 73 games. At the end of the season, Washington sold Roig to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who assigned him to the Spokane Indians of the Pacific League.Roig played for Spokane from 1958 to 1960. He batted .282 in 1958 as the regular second baseman, .281 as their third baseman in 1959, and hit .278 with 16 home runs and 90 runs batted in as the primary first baseman for the 1960 PCL champions.

Although the hard-hitting 1960 Spokane produced big-league standouts as Willie Davis and Ron Fairly, fanatics selected Roig as the team's Most Valuable Player. On September 8, 1960, he set a team record in having played every position in a single game.While on road trips, Roig and fellow players Jim Gentile (1B), Dick Scott (P), and the brother battery of Norman (RHP) and Larry Sherry (C), entertained their teammates as a back-of-the-bus singing group.In 1961 Roig was drafted by the Chicago White Sox, but came down with pneumonia during Spring Training, and that season played minor league ball with Triple-A San Diego Padres.

The next year he played for Triple-A Indianapolis Indians and the Industriales de Valencia of the Venezuelan Winter League.Roig later played in Japan, where he met the long-ball expectations for American ballplayers by hitting 126 home runs from 1963 to 1968 with the Nishitetsu Lions and Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Pacific League.

Jim Albright, a writer who bills himself as The Japanese Insider, named Roig to the starting lineup of his all-time team of foreign-born baseball players.In a three-season majors career, Roig was a .212 hitter (39-for-184) in 76 games, driving in 11 runs and scoring 11 times, while collecting seven doubles, two triples, and two stolen bases without a home run, and also hit for a .278 average with 326 homers in 1234 minor league games.Besides playing, Roig began his scouting career with the Brewers in 1973. He also managed the Newark Co-Pilots from 1975 to 1976, leading his team to the New York–Penn League championship in 1975. He later scouted for the Angels, before beginning a two-decade association with the Phillies as a scout and minor-league hitting instructor in 1981.In 2008, Roig threw out the ceremonial first pitch when the Spokane Indians celebrated 50 years in Avista Stadium, the ballpark built as the home of Pacific Coast League play.

Additionally, he was widely respected as a talent evaluator and was followed by author and professor Kevin Kerrane in his book about scouting, Dollar Sign on the Muscle.Tony Roig died at his home in Liberty Lake, Washington, at the age of 82.


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