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Bill James

Born: Jan 20, 1887

Death: May 25, 1942

Birthplace: Detroit

Profession: Baseball player

Nationality: United States

Bill James

Date of Birth : Jan 20, 1887
Date of Death : May 25, 1942
Birth Place : Detroit

William Henry "Big Bill" James was a professional baseball pitcher. He played all or part of eight seasons in Major League Baseball between 1911 and 1919. Primarily used as a starting pitcher, he played for the Cleveland Naps, St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. James was a switch hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. In an eight-season career, Big Bill posted a 65–71 record with 408 strikeouts and a 3.20 ERA in 1179.2 innings pitched. In 1917, Chick Gandil and his teammate, Swede Risberg, allegedly collected $45 from each member of the White Sox and paid off the Detroit Tigers in two crucial doubleheaders late in the season. When Big Bill agreed that his team would go easy, the Tigers lost all four games, allowing the White Sox to win the American League pennant. He was one of the clean members on the 1919 Chicago White Sox team which was made famous by the Black Sox scandal. Even so, Big Bill gave up 8 hits, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs for a 5.79 ERA in 4-2/3 innings pitched in the 1919 World Series. Big Bill died in Venice, California, at age of 55.


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