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Old 06-26-2017, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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I'm speaking here of a journeyman-type player with whom you identified, probably in your childhood.

For me it would have been Jim Delsing, who played for the White Sox, Browns, Yankees and Tigers, enjoying his best years in the early Fifties. Delsing was the first Tiger player to turn up in my baseball card collection as a youngster.

And while he usually posted a respectable batting average and fair power, he's probably most-remembered today as the man who pinch-ran for Eddie Gaedel, the midget whom Browns owner Bill Veeck signed to a legitimate contract and set to the plate as a one-time tactic. Gaedel walked, and Delsing took over from there.

After baseball, Mr. Delsing pursued several activities in his native Wisconsin, including the carpenter's trade he'd learned while on the way up. He lived a quiet personal life, and passed on at the age of 80 in 2006. Not a bad role model by any standard.

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Old 06-27-2017, 12:00 AM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Yangervis Solarte who is now playing for the Padres. Overall a very average player who had an insane hot streak for the Yankees when he came up in 2014. As expected he came crashing down to Earth after one month, but since then has settled in as an average Major Leaguer. Most people expected him to be a Bench guy at best, so he has done pretty well for himself
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Old 06-27-2017, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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I'm speaking here of a journeyman-type player with whom you identified, probably in your childhood.

For me it would have been Jim Delsing, who played for the White Sox, Browns, Yankees and Tigers, enjoying his best years in the early Fifties. Delsing was the first Tiger player to turn up in my baseball card collection as a youngster.

And while he usually posted a respectable batting average and fair power, he's probably most-remembered today as the man who pinch-ran for Eddie Gaedel, the midget whom Browns owner Bill Veeck signed to a legitimate contract and set to the plate as a one-time tactic. Gaedel walked, and Delsing took over from there.

After baseball, Mr. Delsing pursued several activities in his native Wisconsin, including the carpenter's trade he'd learned while on the way up. He lived a quiet personal life, and passed on at the age of 80 in 2006. Not a bad role model by any standard.

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/5e926843
His son Jay was a journeyman as well........on the PGA tour. I'm not sure if he won an event, but he was on tour for awhile.
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Old 06-28-2017, 12:16 AM
 
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I always liked Jim Eisenreich.
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Old 06-28-2017, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Old 06-28-2017, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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When my brother sent away for Ed Kranepool's autograph, I sought one from my favorite player at the time - Don Hahn, a journeyman outfielder who sported a .236 lifetime average and never hit more than four homers in a season. I was a weird kid.
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Old 06-29-2017, 07:38 AM
 
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I liked Orioles (and 9 other teams) outfielder Jim Dwyer.
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Old 06-29-2017, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I really liked Manny Trillo when he played second for the Phillies. He played the position so smoothly and cool and had a rifle of an arm.
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Old 06-30-2017, 06:14 PM
 
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I always liked Jim Eisenreich.


One of my favorites !


I did not know him personally, but he grew up in St Cloud MN and my farm was 25 miles away.
I always read the St Cloud Times sports pages and thus heard his name mentioned when he was in high school. He came from a well respected family .


Everything clicked for Jim after he departed from the Twins.
Great career in Kansas City and then onto Florida to be on the World Series Championship team.


I read where Jim took care of the salary he earned and is doing well after baseball career ended.


His turnaround from his early years with the Twins couldn't have happened to a nicer guy !
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Old 07-01-2017, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Eisenreich was a fan favorite for the 1993 Pennant winning Phillies.
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