Nippy Jones Stats

Nippy Jones was born on Monday, June 29, 1925, in Los Angeles, California. Jones was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 9, 1946, with the St. Louis Cardinals. 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 Nippy Jones baseball stats page.

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"At that point (in the 1957 World Series), we were in imminent danger of going down three games to one, and I don't think anybody in America would have imagined that the guy who would turn the Series around would be Nippy Jones. Nippy was a first baseman who had been out of the big leagues for five years before we brought him up to fill in when Adcock was hurt, and he had never really made his mark - until this day. When he did, the mark was on his shoe." - Hank Aaron in I Had a Hammer: the Hank Aaron Story (Hank Aaron, 1992)

Nippy Jones

Nippy Jones Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats (#169)

Nippy Jones Autograph on a 1979 Diamond Greats (#169)

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Birth Name:
Vernal Leroy Jones
Nickname:
Nippy
Born On:
06-29-1925  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Los Angeles, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
10-03-1995 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Sacramento, California
Cemetery:
East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park, Elk Grove, California
High School:
Fremont High School (Los Angeles, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-01
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
06-09-1946 (Age 20)
Last Game:
09-29-1957
Draft:
Not Applicable

Nippy Jones

Nippy Jones Pitching Stats

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Nippy Jones Hitting Stats

1946 21 Cardinals 16 12 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 - 2 0 - 0 2 .333 .429 .333
1947 22 Cardinals 23 73 6 18 4 0 1 0 5 2 - 10 2 - 0 2 .247 .267 .342
1948 23 Cardinals 132 481 58 122 21 9 10 0 81 36 - 45 5 - 1 25 .254 .307 .397
1949 24 Cardinals 110 380 51 114 20 2 8 0 62 16 - 20 5 - 1 11 .300 .330 .426
1950 25 Cardinals 13 26 0 6 1 0 0 0 6 3 - 1 0 - 0 3 .231 .310 .269
1951 26 Cardinals 80 300 20 79 12 0 3 0 41 9 - 13 2 - 1 13 .263 .287 .333
1952 27 Phillies 8 30 3 5 0 0 1 0 5 0 - 4 0 - 0 2 .167 .167 .267
1957 32 Braves 30 79 5 21 2 1 2 0 8 3 1 7 1 0 0 0 .266 .293 .392
8 Years 412 1,381 146 369 60 12 25 0 209 71 1 102 15 0 3 58 .267 .304 .382

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Nippy Jones Fielding Stats

1946 Cardinals 2B 3 0 18 5 1.7 4 2 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .800 6.00
1947 Cardinals 2B 13 13 348 77 5.9 72 32 40 5 5 n/a n/a n/a .935 5.59
1947 Cardinals RF 2 2 54 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1948 Cardinals 1B 128 124 3,216 1,228 9.6 1,211 1,148 63 17 98 n/a n/a n/a .986 10.17
1949 Cardinals 1B 98 97 2,439 931 9.5 916 876 40 15 85 n/a n/a n/a .984 10.14
1950 Cardinals 1B 8 6 153 58 7.3 57 54 3 1 8 n/a n/a n/a .983 10.06
1951 Cardinals 1B 71 70 1,905 753 10.6 746 698 48 7 78 n/a n/a n/a .991 10.57
1952 Phillies 1B 8 8 195 82 10.3 80 73 7 2 8 n/a n/a n/a .976 11.08
1957 Braves 1B 20 15 399 156 7.8 155 143 12 1 12 n/a n/a n/a .994 10.49
1957 Braves RF 1 1 24 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1B Totals 333 320 8,307 3,208 9.6 3,165 2,992 173 43 289 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.29
2B Totals 16 13 366 82 5.1 76 34 42 6 6 n/a n/a n/a .927 5.61
RF Totals 3 3 78 3 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.04
8 Years 352 336 8,751 3,293 9.4 3,244 3,029 215 49 295 n/a n/a n/a .985 10.01

Nippy Jones

Nippy Jones Miscellaneous Stats

1946 Cardinals 0 - - 11 2 n/a 0.0 6.0 12.0 - - -
1947 Cardinals 0 - - 8 0 n/a 73.0 7.3 14.6 - - -
1948 Cardinals 2 - - 3 1 n/a 48.1 10.7 5.9 - - -
1949 Cardinals 1 - - 13 0 n/a 47.5 19.0 6.1 - - -
1950 Cardinals 0 - - 6 0 n/a 0.0 26.0 4.3 - - -
1951 Cardinals 1 2 .333 9 0 n/a 100.0 23.1 7.3 - - -
1952 Phillies 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 30.0 7.5 6.0 - - -
1957 Braves 0 0 .000 12 0 n/a 39.5 11.3 9.9 - - -
8 Years 4 2 .667 62 3 n/a 55.2 13.5 6.6 - - -

Nippy Jones

Nippy Jones Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1946 St. Louis Cardinals 7 Undetermined - Stats
1947 St. Louis Cardinals 7 , 19 Undetermined - -
1948 St. Louis Cardinals 19 Undetermined - -
1949 St. Louis Cardinals 3 Undetermined - -
1950 St. Louis Cardinals 3 Undetermined - -
1951 St. Louis Cardinals 3 Undetermined - -
1952 Philadelphia Phillies 9 Undetermined - -
1957 Milwaukee Braves 25 Undetermined - Stats
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Did you know that the quote at the top of the page from Hank Aaron is about Nippy getting hit by a pitch during the 1957 World Series ? Here is an excerpt from our page about the incident: Umpire Augie Donatelli called Tommy Byrne's first pitch a ball, but the thirty-two year-old reserve infielder argued that he had been struck on the foot. In an effort to prove his point, Jones retrieved the baseball, showed Donatelli a smudge of shoe polish on it and was awarded his base. Felix Mantilla was sent in to run for Jones and scored on a Johnny Logan double off of Bob Grim . With the game tied, 5-5, Eddie Mathews put his team over the top by belting a home run to right for the 7-5 comeback.

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Last-Modified: November 6, 2019 8:33 AM EST

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