Cleo James Stats

Cleo James was born on Saturday, August 31, 1940, in Clarksdale, Mississippi. James was 27 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1968, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. 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 Cleo James baseball stats page.

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"'He's my centerfielder,' Leo ( Durocher ) says of Cleo James. Now, instead of climbing the walls he has found a centerfielder who can do it . . . Jet James has made some spectacular catchers in the last 10 days, picking off several one-handers from the vine-covered wall of Wrigley Field. Tom Lasorda , who green-lighted James to 47 stoles bases last year—as Cleo pitched in with a .327 batting average—last winter called Cleo James the reason the Cubs lost the pennant last season. 'Because he was in Spokane, not Chicago,' Lasorda noted." - Staff Writer Harry Missildine in The Spokesman-Review (06/01/1970, The James Story - Retold , Page 14)

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Cleo 'Jet' James Autograph on a 1972 Topps Baseball Card (#117 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1972top01' title='1972 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Cleo 'Jet' James Autograph on a 1972 Topps Baseball Card (#117 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Cleo Joel James
Nickname:
Jet
Born On:
08-31-1940  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Clarksdale, Mississippi
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Palm Springs High School (Palm Springs, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
176
First Game:
04-15-1968 (Age 27)
Last Game:
09-26-1973
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Cleo James Pitching Stats

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Cleo James Hitting Stats

1968 28 Dodgers 10 10 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .300
1970 30 Cubs 100 176 33 37 7 2 3 0 14 17 5 24 2 0 5 3 .210 .298 .324
1971 31 Cubs 54 150 25 43 7 0 2 0 13 10 0 16 5 1 6 3 .287 .353 .373
1973 33 Cubs 44 45 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 1 0 0 2 .111 .130 .111
4 Years 208 381 69 87 15 2 5 0 27 28 5 52 8 1 11 8 .228 .299 .318

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Cleo James Fielding Stats

1968 Dodgers LF 2 1 36 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.50
1970 Cubs CF 83 47 1,416 115 1.4 115 112 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.19
1970 Cubs LF 6 1 66 1 0.2 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.41
1970 Cubs RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1971 Cubs 3B 2 1 30 2 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1971 Cubs CF 35 31 828 79 2.3 77 73 4 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .975 2.51
1971 Cubs LF 1 1 27 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.00
1971 Cubs RF 14 5 198 16 1.1 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.18
1973 Cubs CF 8 6 150 15 1.9 14 14 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 2.52
1973 Cubs LF 14 1 111 11 0.8 11 10 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.68
1973 Cubs RF 1 0 3 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
CF Totals 126 84 2,394 209 1.7 206 199 7 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .986 2.32
LF Totals 23 4 240 16 0.7 16 15 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
RF Totals 16 5 204 16 1.0 16 16 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.12
3B Totals 2 1 30 2 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
4 Years 167 94 2,868 243 1.5 240 231 9 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.26

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Cleo James Miscellaneous Stats

1968 Dodgers 0 0 .000 6 2 n/a 0.0 1.7 0.0 - - -
1970 Cubs 5 0 1.000 6 17 n/a 58.7 7.3 12.6 - - -
1971 Cubs 6 2 .750 4 7 n/a 75.0 9.4 11.5 - - -
1973 Cubs 5 0 1.000 11 20 n/a 0.0 7.5 0.0 - - -
4 Years 16 2 .889 27 46 n/a 76.2 7.3 14.1 - - -

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Cleo James Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1968 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $8,500.00 - -
1970 Chicago Cubs 24 $13,000.00 - -
1971 Chicago Cubs 24 $14,500.00 - -
1973 Chicago Cubs 24 $18,000.00 - -
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Cleo Joel James was a Major League Baseball player with the Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1968 ) and Chicago Cubs ( 1970 - 1971 , 1973 ). When James made his big league debut on April 15, 1968 , he became the first Palm Springs High School graduate to play in the majors!

Did you know that Cleo James stole 344 bases in the minors? The Dodgers signed the speedster on August 10, 1961, and during his first season in the Florida State League, he stole 36 bases! Two years later, James was in the Northwest League where he stole a career high 64 bases with the 1964 Salem Dodgers!

The Statesman Journal (Al Lightner, Sportslightner, 08/27/1964, Page 15), wrote, "The exciting Cleo James is already the best base stealer in Salem baseball history, and likely will top the Northwest League record of 62 before he's through this season. And that's remarkable any way you look at it . . . But have a look at what three lads are doing with the Tidewater Tides of the Carolina League! One Ed Stroud has over 70 stole bases, Bud Bradford has nearly 60 and Joe Jones was fast approaching 50 just the other day . . . Be happy you aren't a pitcher or catcher playing against those three for a living . . .

LA gave James less than a dozen cups of coffee, due in part to that base running ability; two in the outfield, six pinch hitting appearances, and two pinch running opportunities. But, it was enough for the Cubs who drafted Cleo in the 1969 Rule 5 Draft.

On the back of Cleo James rookie card, the 1972 Topps (#117), it has, "What is Cleo's hobby?" The answer? Table tennis! Additional Trivia: Cleo was only the second major leaguer with the first name Cleo. Do you know who preceded James? [ Answer ]

Last-Modified: September 22, 2020 5:12 AM EST

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