Willie Edward Jones (August 16, 1925 – October 18, 1983), nicknamed "Puddin' Head", was a Major League Baseball third baseman who played for the Philadelphia Phillies (1947–1959), Cleveland Indians (1959) and Cincinnati Reds (1959–1961). He batted and threw right-handed.
Born in Dillon, South Carolina, Jones grew up in and listed Laurel Hill, North Carolina, as his home. A World War II veteran of the United States Navy, Jones started his major league career with the Phillies in 1947. By 1949, he became the team's starting third baseman, and held that position until 1959. Jones was the top fielding third baseman in the National League during the 1950s. He led the league in fielding percentage five times, in putouts for seven years (also tying a record), and twice in assists and double plays. He was married and divorced to Carolyn, by whom he had three children, Eddie, Kathie, and Bradley.
Jones' most productive season came as a member of the fabulous 1950 "Whiz Kids" National League champion team, when he posted career-highs in home runs (25), RBI (88), runs (100), hits (163), and led the league in games played (157). In 1951 he hit 22 homers with 81 RBI and a career-high .285 batting average. He was selected for the All-Star Game in both seasons.
In 1959, Jones was part of successive trades between the Phillies, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. He finished his career with Cincinnati in 1961.
Jones' 1950 baseball card from Bowman Gum
|Born: August 16, 1925|
Dillon, South Carolina
|Died: October 18, 1983 (aged 58)|
|September 10, 1947, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 7, 1961, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Runs batted in||812|
|Career highlights and awards|
was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1983rd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 983rd year of the 2nd millennium, the 83rd year of the 20th century, and the 4th year of the 1980s decade.
The year 1983 saw both the official beginning of the Internet and the first mobile cellular telephone call.List of baseball nicknames
This is a list of nicknames of Major League Baseball teams and players. It includes a complete list of nicknames of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame, a list of nicknames of current players, nicknames of popular players who have played for each major league team, and lists of nicknames grouped into particular categories (e.g., ethnic nicknames, personality trait nicknames etc.). It also includes a list of nicknames of current Major League teams. Sports journalists, broadcasters and fans commonly refer to teams by a wide variety of nicknames. Many of the names are so established that newspapers routinely use the names in headlines.Puddin' Head
Puddin' Head or Pudd'nhead may refer to:
the title character of Pudd'nhead Wilson, a Mark Twain novel, or the lost 1916 film adaptation of the same title
Willie Jones (baseball) (1925–1983), nicknamed "Puddin' Head", Major League Baseball third baseman
Puddin' Head (film), a 1941 American comedy film
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Members of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame