Jim Russell Stats

Jim Russell was born on Tuesday, October 1, 1918, in Fayette City, Pennsylvania. Russell was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 12, 1942, with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jim Russell baseball stats page.

"He (Jim Russell) was instantly one of the fastest players in the majors, even winning a 60-yard dash contest held for major league players in conjunction with the annual relay meet at Purdue University. His winning time of 6.9 seconds was only five-tenths of a second off the winning time posted in the collegiate race. Bob Usher of Cincinnati was second, Allie Reynolds of Cleveland was third, and Mizell Platt of the Chicago Cubs was fourth. Russell's manager in Pittsburgh was future Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch . Frisch , who gained fame first as a player for John McGraw's New York Giants and then as player-manager of the St. Louis Cardinals whom he piloted to the 1934 world championship, led the Bucs from 1940 to 1946. The Fordham Flash thought very highly of his young outfielder, commenting that Russell had a chance to be as good 'as he wants to be.' Frisch always appreciated players who possessed good speed and thought Russell to be an excellent defensive outfielder with a fine arm. He also worked with him to teach him how to drag bunt to take advantage of his speed. 'Why, that fellow Russell ought to bunt .300 in any league! He actually overtakes and beats the ball when he pulls a bunt down the line!' Frisch exclaimed." - Baseball Historian Dave Williams (SABR Baseball Biography, Jim Russell, Source )
Jim Russell

Jim Russell Autograph on a 1949 Bowman Baseball Card (#235)
Jim Russell Autograph on a 1949 Bowman Baseball Card (#235)

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Birth Name:
James William Russell
Nickname:
Jim or Jimmy
Born On:
10-01-1918  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Fayette City, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-24-1987 ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Orlando, Florida
Cemetery:
Mount Auburn Cemetery, Fayette City, Pennsylvania
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
181
First Game:
09-12-1942 (Age 23)
Last Game:
10-01-1951
Draft:
Not Applicable
Jim Russell

Jim Russell Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Jim Russell

Jim Russell Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1942 24 Pirates 5 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 .071 .133 .071
1943 25 Pirates 146 533 79 138 19 11 4 0 44 77 1 67 3 0 1 13 .259 .354 .358
1944 26 Pirates 152 580 109 181 34 14 8 1 66 79 2 63 0 0 5 8 .312 .399 .460
1945 27 Pirates 146 510 88 145 24 8 12 0 77 71 3 40 3 0 5 7 .284 .377 .433
1946 28 Pirates 146 516 68 143 29 6 8 0 50 67 2 54 6 0 2 11 .277 .362 .403
1947 29 Pirates 128 478 68 121 21 8 8 0 51 63 5 58 5 0 2 12 .253 .343 .381
1948 30 Braves 89 322 44 85 18 1 9 1 54 46 2 31 3 0 3 8 .264 .361 .410
1949 31 Braves 130 415 57 96 22 1 8 1 54 64 1 68 5 0 2 9 .231 .337 .347
1950 32 Dodgers 77 214 37 49 8 2 10 0 32 31 0 36 0 0 1 6 .229 .329 .425
1951 33 Dodgers 16 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 6 0 0 1 2 .000 .278 .000
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
10 Years 1,035 3,595 554 959 175 51 67 3 428 503 16 427 25 0 22 76 .267 .360 .400
Jim Russell

Jim Russell Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1942 Pirates CF 3 3 81 12 4.0 12 12 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
1943 Pirates 1B 6 3 78 38 6.3 38 38 0 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 13.15
1943 Pirates CF 2 0 15 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1943 Pirates LF 134 127 3,123 303 2.3 300 284 16 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.59
1943 Pirates RF 4 4 27 3 0.8 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1944 Pirates CF 6 5 150 12 2.0 12 12 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.16
1944 Pirates LF 140 136 3,604 355 2.5 350 330 20 5 5 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.62
1945 Pirates CF 1 0 6 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1945 Pirates LF 139 131 3,399 326 2.3 315 308 7 11 1 n/a n/a n/a .966 2.50
1945 Pirates RF 3 3 75 3 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.08
1946 Pirates 1B 5 5 132 46 9.2 45 43 2 1 6 n/a n/a n/a .978 9.20
1946 Pirates CF 68 67 1,789 179 2.6 174 171 3 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.63
1946 Pirates LF 67 61 1,576 147 2.2 141 137 4 6 0 n/a n/a n/a .959 2.42
1947 Pirates CF 96 94 2,842 293 3.1 288 284 4 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .983 2.74
1947 Pirates LF 1 1 27 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1947 Pirates RF 23 22 590 63 2.7 61 59 2 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.79
1948 Braves CF 82 81 2,161 246 3.0 244 241 3 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .992 3.05
1948 Braves LF 2 2 54 8 4.0 8 8 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
1949 Braves CF 95 81 2,256 222 2.3 216 213 3 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.59
1949 Braves LF 29 25 641 69 2.4 68 68 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.86
1950 Dodgers CF 3 2 69 11 3.7 11 11 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.30
1950 Dodgers LF 53 48 1,191 123 2.3 122 120 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .992 2.77
1951 Dodgers LF 4 1 42 3 0.8 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.93
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
LF Totals 569 532 13,657 1,334 2.3 1,307 1,258 49 27 9 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.58
CF Totals 356 333 9,369 976 2.7 958 945 13 18 5 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.76
RF Totals 30 29 692 69 2.3 67 65 2 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.61
1B Totals 11 8 210 84 7.6 83 81 2 1 9 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.67
10 Years 966 902 23,928 2,463 2.5 2,415 2,349 66 48 25 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.73
Jim Russell

Jim Russell Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1942 Pirates 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 - - -
1943 Pirates 12 7 .632 7 1 n/a 133.3 8.0 12.1 - - -
1944 Pirates 6 5 .545 3 1 n/a 72.5 9.2 8.8 - - -
1945 Pirates 15 4 .789 6 1 n/a 42.5 12.8 6.6 - - -
1946 Pirates 11 12 .478 6 1 n/a 64.5 9.6 10.3 - - -
1947 Pirates 7 5 .583 9 0 n/a 59.8 8.2 9.4 - - -
1948 Braves 4 3 .571 5 0 n/a 35.8 10.4 6.0 - - -
1949 Braves 3 3 .500 15 1 n/a 51.9 6.1 7.7 - - -
1950 Dodgers 1 1 .500 25 1 n/a 21.4 5.9 6.7 - - -
1951 Dodgers 0 0 .000 14 0 n/a 0.0 2.2 0.0 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
10 Years 59 40 .596 92 6 n/a 53.7 8.4 8.4 - - -
Jim Russell

Jim Russell Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1942 Pittsburgh Pirates 32 Undetermined - -
1943 Pittsburgh Pirates 32 $2,000.00 - -
1944 Pittsburgh Pirates 32 Undetermined - -
1945 Pittsburgh Pirates 32 Undetermined n/a -
1946 Pittsburgh Pirates 32 Undetermined - -
1947 Pittsburgh Pirates 32 , 17 Undetermined - -
1948 Boston Braves 5 Undetermined - -
1949 Boston Braves 5 Undetermined - -
1950 Brooklyn Dodgers 37 Undetermined - -
1951 Brooklyn Dodgers 37 Undetermined - -


In 1944 , Jim Russell batted a career best .312, seventh best in the National League ( Top 25 ). One of his eight home runs that season was a pinch hit grand slam - the first ever by a Pittsburgh Pirate - on August 20 versus the Brooklyn Dodgers .

On July 6, 1945 , Pete Coscarart hit a lead-off home run. The following batter, Jim Russell, hit a home run as well - this was the first time in Pittsburgh Pirates history that the first two batters of a game each hit a home run , a history making duo.

Jim Russell, Switch Hit Home Runs
Jim Russell ( HR Lefty / HR Righty ) | Wilkes-Barre Record | June 8, 1948 ( Box Score )
Did you know that on July 26, 1950 , Jim Russell hit a home run batting righty versus Harry Brecheen and another batting lefty against George Munger making Russell the first Major League player in history to hit home runs from each side of the plate more than once?
Jim Russell, Switch Hit Home Runs #2
Jim Russell ( HR Lefty / HR Righty ) | Brooklyn Daily Eagle | July 27, 1950 ( Box Score )

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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