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Jim Finigan
Third baseman/Second baseman
Born: August 19, 1928(1928-08-19)
Quincy, Illinois
Died: May 16, 1981 (aged 52)
Quincy, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 25, 1954 for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
July 5, 1959 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .264
Home runs     19
Hits     422
Runs batted in     168

James Leroy Finigan (August 19, 1928 - May 16, 1981) was a Major League Baseball infielder. He was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent before the 1948 season, and traded to the Philadelphia Athletics in an 11-player deal on December 16, 1953. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1954), Kansas City Athletics (1955-1956), Detroit Tigers (1957), San Francisco Giants (1958), and Baltimore Orioles (1959).

Finigan made his major league debut on April 25, 1954 against the New York Yankees at Connie Mack Stadium, and went on to have a great rookie season as the A's regular third baseman. He hit .302 in 136 games with 7 home runs, 51 runs batted in, a .421 slugging percentage, and finished second to the Yankees' Bob Grim in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. He also was a member of the American League All-Star team.

In 1955, now playing in Kansas City, Finigan split time between second base and third base and was again named to the All-Star squad. His batting average dropped but his run production increased. In 150 games he hit .255 with 9 home runs and 68 RBI. He also scored 15 more runs than the previous year.

His playing time decreased over the next four years, and his days as a regular player were over. His final game in the big leagues was played on July 5, 1959 with Baltimore.

Career totals include 512 games played, 422 hits, 19 home runs, 168 runs batted in, 195 runs scored, a .264 batting average, and an on base percentage of .342.

Finigan died in his hometown of Quincy, Illinois at the age of 62.


  • Finigan was the last Philadelphia Athletic regular to hit .300 or better.

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