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Jimmie Le Roy McDonald [Hot Rod] (born May 17, 1927 in Grants Pass, Oregon) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for five different teams between 1950 and 1958. Listed at 5' 10", 185 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.

The fireballer McDonald did almost everything a pitcher is asked to do, working as an occasional starter and filling various roles coming out from the bullpen as a middle reliever and set-up man as well. During his career, he was well-known for being part of several transactions that included notable players. He entered the majors in 1950 with the Boston Red Sox, playing one year for them before joining the St. Louis Browns (1951), New York Yankees (1952-54), Baltimore Orioles (1955) and Chicago White Sox (1956-58).He went 3-4 with a 3.50 ERA in 26 appearances for the 1952 Yankees champions, including five starts, but did not pitch during the postseason. His most productive season in 1952, when he posted career-highs in wins (9), complete games (6) and innings pitched (129⅔). He also was the starter and winning pitcher in Game 5 of the 1953 World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers[1].

In a nine-season career, McDonald posted a 24-27 record with a 4.37 ERA in 136 games, including 55 starts, 15 complete games, three shutouts, 30 games finished, one save, 158 strikeouts, and 468.0 innings of work.



  1. ^ [1] - 1953 World Series: Game 5 play by play
  2. ^ [2] - Ted Del Guercio played 12 years in the minor leagues and was the only member of the group not to make the majors

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