Jim Delsing Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 13, 1925 in Rudolph, Wisconsin
Died: May 4, 2006 in Chesterfield, Missouri
Player Career
Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 5' 10" Weight: 175
First Game: April 21, 1948 ; Final Game: September 30, 1960
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Jim Delsing
This article was written by Jim Sargent and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Steady-hitting James Henry "Jim" Delsing, known as a fleet outfielder and a first-class person, lived his baseball dream through almost two decades, the turbulent Forties and the prosperous Fifties. During that time he adjusted to the many highs and lows of a 10-year major league career. A lefthanded batter who threw righthanded, Delsing experienced his best years from 1950 through 1955. He started in center field for the New York Yankees for most of the last month of their pennant-winning 1949 season. He also started, often in center, for the St. Louis Browns from 1950 to August 1952; and for the Detroit Tigers from late 1952 to 1955.

With Detroit in 1953, Delsing produced his best full season at the plate, hitting .288 with 11 home runs and 62 RBI. But he hit .350 in 12 games with the Yankees in September 1949. He came back and batted .400 in 12 games with New York in early 1950 before being traded to the Browns. By then Delsing had spent six seasons in the minor leagues battling to reach the big show. After two seasons as a pro, he served Uncle Sam for two years in World War II. During the late 1950s, he labored four years at the AAA level trying to prove he deserved another shot in the majors -- and he made it briefly with the Kansas City Athletics in late 1960.

For all of those seasons in the minors and the "big leagues," as he liked to call the majors, Delsing had countless good memories. Most of all, he cherished the camaraderie he enjoyed with so many good teammates on several teams. According to his wife, Roseanne, they used to receive several letters in each day?s mail, indicating many fans remembered Jim's big league career. Delsing replied to those requests, which often meant autographing what players of his era called "bubblegum" cards.

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