Jim Fanning was born on Wednesday, September 14, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois. Fanning was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 11, 1954, with the Chicago Cubs. 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 Fanning baseball stats page.
Jim Fanning Autograph on a 1985 Topps Baseball Card (#759 | Checklist )
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Jim Fanning grew up in Iowa, played catcher in Chicago, and after hanging up his tools of ignorance, he spent sixty-plus years in professional baseball, playing such a pivotal role in the Montreal Expos franchise, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him in 2000:
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame Biography ( Source )
Serving as a player, manager, executive and community ambassador, Jim Fanning has spent over 60 years in professional baseball. The Chicago Cubs signed him as a catcher in 1949 and he played 64 games over four seasons, before pursuing a managing career. After managerial stops in Tulsa, Dallas, Eau Claire and Greenville, fellow Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer, John McHale, hired him as a special assignment scout for the Milwaukee Braves in 1963. The following year Fanning was promoted to assistant general manager, a post he would hold until 1967.
By this time, Fannings scouting skills had impressed many, including those in Major League Baseballs head office, and in 1968, he was hired to be the first scouting director of Major League Baseballs Scouting Bureau. But Fannings tenure at that position would be a short one. In August 1968, he was named the first general manager of the Montreal Expos.
In his 25-year tenure with the Expos, Fanning helped build the franchise from scratch and served in several different capacities, including vice-president, scout and even two stints as the field manager (1981-82, 1984). When Fanning took over as the field boss in 1981, he had drafted or helped develop the skills of 21 players on the roster. The respected baseball man would guide the Expos to their first and only playoff berth in 1981, leading the team to within one win of advancing to the World Series. In his quarter century with the Expos, he established himself as one of baseballs best talent evaluators, counting Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga and Randy Johnson among the players he signed. After leaving the Expos in 1993, he was hired as a special assignment scout with the Colorado Rockies. Hes currently employed as an ambassador of amateur baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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