Jim Tobin Stats

Jim Tobin was born on Friday, December 27, 1912, in Oakland, California. Tobin was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 30, 1937, 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 Tobin baseball stats page.

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"I ( Phil Masi ) always caught Jim Tobin because I could handle the knuckleball, which was about all he ever threw. He also had a very slow motion which made it easy for runners to steal on him. He was a good hitter, too - in 1942 he hit three home runs in a game [ box ] against the Cubs. He also no-hit the Dodgers, 2-0, in 1944 [ box ]." - Catcher Phil Masi in Baseball Digest (February 1978, Page 43)

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Birth Name:
James Anthony Tobin
Nickname:
Abba Dabba
Born On:
12-27-1912  (Capricorn)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Oakland, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
05-19-1969 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Oakland, California
Cemetery:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hayward, California
High School:
Roosevelt High School (Oakland, CA)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-30-1937 (Age 24)
Last Game:
09-23-1945
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Jim Tobin Pitching Stats

1937 25 Pirates 20 8 9 6 3 .667 3.00 7 0 1 87.0 357 74 29 38 1 28 - 37 4 1 0 -
1938 26 Pirates 40 33 6 14 12 .538 3.47 14 2 0 241.1 1,029 254 93 109 17 66 - 70 2 6 1 -
1939 27 Pirates 25 19 4 9 9 .500 4.52 8 0 0 145.1 655 194 73 84 7 33 - 43 1 2 0 -
1940 28 Bees 15 11 3 7 3 .700 3.83 9 0 0 96.1 412 102 41 41 8 24 - 29 2 0 0 -
1941 29 Braves 33 26 4 12 12 .500 3.10 20 3 0 238.0 981 229 82 91 12 60 - 61 1 0 1 -
1942 30 Braves 37 33 2 12 21 .364 3.97 28 1 0 287.2 1,224 283 127 145 20 96 - 71 7 6 0 -
1943 31 Braves 33 30 3 14 14 .500 2.66 24 1 0 250.0 1,049 241 74 96 12 69 - 52 1 2 0 -
1944 32 Braves 43 36 7 18 19 .486 3.01 28 5 3 299.1 1,249 271 100 125 18 97 - 83 5 1 1 -
1945 33 Braves 27 25 1 9 14 .391 3.84 16 0 0 196.2 856 220 84 101 10 56 - 38 2 5 0 -
1945 33 Tigers 14 6 8 4 5 .444 3.55 2 0 1 58.1 262 61 23 31 2 28 - 14 3 4 0 -
9 Years 287 227 47 105 112 .484 3.44 156 12 5 1,900.0 8,074 1,929 726 861 107 557 - 498 28 27 3 -

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Jim Tobin Hitting Stats

1937 25 Pirates 21 34 7 15 4 0 0 0 6 4 0 3 0 0 0 2 .441 .500 .559
1938 26 Pirates 56 103 8 25 6 1 0 0 11 9 0 12 1 0 1 2 .243 .310 .320
1939 27 Pirates 43 74 9 18 3 1 2 0 11 2 0 12 1 0 0 0 .243 .263 .392
1940 28 Bees 20 43 5 12 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 10 0 0 0 2 .279 .295 .349
1941 29 Braves 43 103 6 19 5 0 0 0 9 10 0 31 0 0 0 4 .184 .257 .233
1942 30 Braves 47 114 14 28 2 0 6 0 15 16 0 23 0 0 1 2 .246 .344 .421
1943 31 Braves 46 107 8 30 4 0 2 0 12 6 1 16 0 0 0 3 .280 .319 .374
1944 32 Braves 62 116 13 22 5 1 2 0 18 16 0 28 2 0 0 3 .190 .288 .302
1945 33 Braves 41 77 9 11 3 0 3 0 12 15 0 22 0 0 1 2 .143 .290 .299
1945 33 Tigers 17 25 2 3 0 0 2 0 5 1 0 5 1 0 0 2 .120 .154 .360
9 Years 396 796 81 183 35 3 17 0 102 80 1 162 5 0 3 22 .230 .303 .345

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Jim Tobin Fielding Stats

1937 Pirates P 20 8 261 16 0.8 15 5 10 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.55
1938 Pirates P 40 33 724 52 1.3 52 11 41 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.94
1939 Pirates P 25 19 436 28 1.1 28 2 26 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.73
1940 Bees P 15 11 289 23 1.5 22 6 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.06
1941 Braves P 33 26 714 89 2.7 86 15 71 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .966 3.25
1942 Braves P 37 33 863 113 3.1 107 14 93 6 6 n/a n/a n/a .947 3.35
1943 Braves 1B 1 1 24 8 8.0 8 7 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1943 Braves P 33 30 750 82 2.5 76 10 66 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .927 2.74
1944 Braves P 43 36 898 109 2.5 106 13 93 3 4 n/a n/a n/a .972 3.19
1945 Braves P 27 25 590 64 2.4 64 17 47 0 5 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.93
1945 Tigers P 14 6 175 20 1.4 19 3 16 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 2.93
P Totals 287 227 5,700 596 2.1 575 96 479 21 27 n/a n/a n/a .965 2.72
1B Totals 1 1 24 8 8.0 8 7 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
9 Years 288 228 5,724 604 2.1 583 103 480 21 28 n/a n/a n/a .965 2.75

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Jim Tobin Miscellaneous Stats

1937 Pirates 0 0 .000 1 0 n/a 0.0 11.3 5.7 1.32 3.83 2.90
1938 Pirates 0 0 .000 16 0 n/a 0.0 8.6 9.4 1.06 2.61 2.46
1939 Pirates 0 0 .000 18 0 n/a 37.0 6.2 6.7 1.30 2.66 2.04
1940 Bees 0 0 .000 5 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 14.3 1.21 2.71 2.24
1941 Braves 1 0 1.000 10 0 n/a 0.0 3.3 11.4 1.02 2.31 2.27
1942 Braves 0 1 .000 10 0 n/a 19.0 5.0 7.6 0.74 2.22 3.00
1943 Braves 0 0 .000 12 0 n/a 53.5 6.7 8.9 0.75 1.87 2.48
1944 Braves 0 0 .000 19 0 n/a 58.0 4.1 6.4 0.86 2.50 2.92
1945 Braves 0 0 .000 14 0 n/a 25.7 3.5 6.4 0.68 1.74 2.56
1945 Tigers 0 0 .000 3 0 n/a 12.5 5.0 5.0 0.50 2.16 4.32
9 Years 1 1 .500 108 0 n/a 46.8 4.9 7.8 0.89 2.36 2.64

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Jim Tobin Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1937 Pittsburgh Pirates 50 Undetermined - -
1938 Pittsburgh Pirates 50 Undetermined - -
1939 Pittsburgh Pirates 50 Undetermined - -
1940 Boston Bees 22 Undetermined - -
1941 Boston Braves 22 Undetermined - -
1942 Boston Braves 22 Undetermined - -
1943 Boston Braves 22 Undetermined - -
1944 Boston Braves 22 Undetermined Stats -
1945 Boston Braves 22 Undetermined n/a Stats
1945 Detroit Tigers 14 Undetermined n/a Stats

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Did you know that Jim Tobin is the only National League pitcher in history to hit three home runs in the same game? More than twenty American League pitchers have hit two homers in a game , but Tobin is listed alone in the senior circuit section in our Most Home Runs in a Game Record Book .
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Jim Tobin | 1994 Conlon Collection (#1257) | Baseball Almanac Collection

On May 13, 1942 , bottom of the fifth inning, Jake Mooty on the mound, Tobin hit his first of three. Two innings later, Mooty still pitching, Tobin took him deep again, relief pitcher Hi Bithorn was brought in at at that point. Then in the bottom of the eighth inning, Bithorn in relief, Tobin made baseball history, hitting his third home run in the game, the first instance in National League history.

Jim Tobin was named to the 1944 All-Star Game due in part to his great start in 1944 , a complete game 3-hitter on April 19, 1944 , a complete game 1-hitter on April 23, 1944 , then a no-hitter on April 27, 1944 :
Jim Tobin No Hitter
Jim Tobin No Hitter | 1992 Conlon Collection (#372) | Baseball Almanac Collection

Jim Tobin No Hitter ( April 27, 1944 )

Jim Tobin lost his first start for Boston in 1944, 2-1, then pitched a 5-0 one-hitter at Philadelphia April 23, 1944 , Ford Mullen's sixth inning single depriving him of a no-hitter. Thus, he had a 1-1 record when he faced the Brooklyn Dodgers and lefty Fritz Ostermueller on Tuesday, April 27, 1944 , before 1,447 fans at Braves Field.

Paul Waner led off the game and walked. He advanced to second as Dixie Walker grounded to second, but Tobin fanned Luis Olmo and ended the inning by getting Augie Galan on a grounder to third.

In the second, Howie Shultz and Gil English fanned. Bill Hart laid a perfect bunt down the third-base line but it rolled foul as it neared the bag and Hart then fouled to catcher Phil Masi .

Waner came closest to a hit for the Dodgers when, with two out in the third, he slashed one back to the mound. Jim knocked it down to his left and threw him out. Second baseman Steve Shemo made a nice running catch of Walker's foul at the start of the fourth and the Dodgers went down on routine plays until the sixth.

Mickey Owen opened this frame with a liner to center and Ostermueller lined to right. Waner hit a hard grounder down the first-base line. Buck Etchison grabbed it and just beat Waner to the bag.

In the seventh, Walker fanned, Olmo popped to second and Galan struck out. Shultz bounced to short at the start of the eighth, and English followed with a pop to short. Hart ended the frame with an easy roller to third.

Now it was the ninth and Tobin, with a 2-0 lead, faced Owen . Mickey took three wild swings at Jim's dancing knuckler and became Tobin's ninth strikeout victim. Frenchy Bordagaray , batting for Ostermueller , fouled off a couple, then grounded to third and Connie Ryan threw him out on a close play.

Waner , the only man to reach base against Tobin, came up. In addition to his first-inning walk, Waner had proved troublesome in his other two trips and Tobin, taking no chances, gave him nothing good to hit. He finally walked him on a 3-1 pitch. Walker , destined to be the league's batting champion, ended the game promptly, hitting a nasty hopper toward second which Shemo fielded and fired to first for the final out.

The Braves had scored once in the third inning when Ryan led off with a double to right center, took third on Tommy Holmes ' long fly which Waner caught just inside the right field foul line and scored on Chuck Workman's single to right through the drawn-in Dodger infield.

The score remained 1-0 until the eighth when Tobin, leading off, hit a tremendous homer over the left field fence to become the second pitcher in modern baseball history to hit a home run in his own no-hitter.

Wes Ferrell , during his no hitter on April 29, 1931 , was the first pitcher to hit a home run in his no-hitter. Tobin was the first National League pitcher to homer in the same game he threw a no hitter and since then, Earl Wilson ( June 26, 1962 ) and Rick Wise ( June 23, 1971 ) have joined the "club".

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