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Jim Price Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: October 13, 1941 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 192
First Game: April 11, 1967 ; Final Game: September 13, 1971
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Jim Price This article was written by Gary Gillette and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research One of the most ignorant things ever said about baseball was the labeling of catcher's gear as "the tools of ignorance." The origins of that regrettably memorable phrase date back at least to the 1930s, though the etymology is disputed. Suffice it to say, however, that anyone who repeats that ignorant utterance must never have met Jim Price.For more than two decades after Price last donned what he calls the "tools of intelligence," Price's fame rested on his membership in the exclusive 1968 Tigers club—whose members are veritable demigods in Michigan. Now, however, after 15 years in the Detroit broadcast booth, Price's reputation rests on the smooth way he has been able to meld his analysis with play-by-play partners Dan Dickerson, Ernie Harwell, and others.One of the fascinating aspects to Price as a broadcaster is that he combines the knowledge of an old-school ballplayer without the undercurrent of bitterness or condescension that some old-timers display when commenting on the modern game. In an interview, Price related—in the same, matter-of-fact way—an anecdote about playing on a broken ankle in winter ball early in his career. "They taped it up and gave me pain pills. That's just the way it was in those days." The ankle never healed properly, and Price to this day displays a swollen ankle and a slight limp as a reminder of the physical toll of catching.
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