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Jim Sundberg
Catcher
Born: May 18, 1951 (1951-05-18) (age 58)
Galesburg, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 4, 1974 for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1989 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Batting average     .248
Hits     1,493
Runs batted in     624
Teams
Career highlights and awards

James Howard Sundberg (born May 18, 1951 in Galesburg, Illinois) is a former professional baseball catcher for a number of teams, most significantly the Texas Rangers. He batted and threw right-handed. As of October 2008 he is employed by the Texas Rangers as Senior Executive Vice-President of Public Relations.

Sundberg graduated from the University of Iowa. While attending the University of Iowa he joined The Delta Upsilon Fraternity. In 1974, he made the rare jump from Class A level baseball to the major leagues with the Rangers, and finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year balloting (teammate Mike Hargrove won the award).

He was known for being one of the best fielding catchers of all time. He has a .993 all-time fielding percentage, and won 6 straight Gold Glove Awards. He completed 145 double plays in 1962 games in his career, 1927 of them as a catcher.

Sundberg ended his career with 1493 hits in 6021 at bats, good for a .248 batting average. He had 95 home runs and 624 RBIs in 1962 games. Sundberg won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 1985 (See: 1985 World Series). In Game 6 of that series, Sundberg scored the dramatic winning run by sliding into home plate, skillfully avoiding the tag of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Darrell Porter. At the time of his retirement, Sundberg had caught more major league games than any man in history except his contemporary Bob Boone. [1] He still ranks fifth today. [2]

Sundberg was the first catcher to win 6 American League Gold Gloves, although Bob Boone won 5 in the AL and two more in the NL. His 1976 Gold Glove was the first by any Ranger player.

Galesburg High School has named their main baseball field after Sundberg.

Highlights

  • Spent his 1984 All-Star season playing for the Milwaukee Brewers when he was traded by the Rangers to Milwaukee for Ned Yost and Dan Scarpetta
  • 3-time All-Star (1974, 78, 84)
  • 6-time Gold Glove winner (1976-81)
  • Top 10 in sacrifice hits, three times (1974, 75, 77)
  • Caught Bert Blyleven's no-hitter on September 22, 1977

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