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Jim Traber
First baseman
Born: December 26, 1961 (1961-12-26) (age 48)
Columbus, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Left 
MLB debut
September 21, 1984 for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1989 for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Batting average     .227
Home runs     27
Runs batted in     117
Teams

James Joseph "Jim" Traber (born December 26, 1961)[1] is a former Major League Baseball player who currently works as a sports talk show host in Oklahoma City.[2]

Traber was born Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Columbia, Maryland.[2] He attended Oklahoma State University in the early-1980s, where he played both baseball (appearing twice in the College World Series)[2] and football (as the starting quarterback).[3] He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft.[4] and played parts of four seasons for the Orioles between 1984 and 1989,[4] where his nickname was "The Whammer".[5]

After his MLB career, Traber played baseball in Japan for the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1990 and 1991, and one season for Monterrey of the Mexican League in 1993.[3] His time in Japan is perhaps most memorable for an incident in which Traber rushed the mound subsequent to being hit by a pitch, chasing the retreating pitcher into the outfield. After charging the pitcher a second time, he tripped while running and was kicked in the face on the way down. Grainy footage of this incident is still widely distributed on the Internet.[6]

His involvement with sports talk radio began after his retirement from professional sports. He served as a television color analyst for Fox Sports' regional coverage of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the team's World Series victory season of 2001, for which he was awarded a World Series ring.[2] Currently, Jim hosts "The Afternoon Sports Beat" and "Total Dominance Hour," shows on WWLS radio station in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[7]

His sister is a civil rights attorney in California, and his brother, Peter G. Traber, leads the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Jim's wife Julie is the president of a multimedia company in Oklahoma City.[citation needed]

Traber was named as one of the all time worst players in Orioles history, in an article titled, "The Zeros of Birdland"[8]

References

  1. ^ Jim Traber at thebaseballcube.com
  2. ^ a b c d About Jim at jimtraber.com
  3. ^ a b Oklahoma State University. "Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame Bios". http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/okst/sports/m-basebl/auto_pdf/08mediaguide-sectionA.pdf. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Jim Traber at baseball-reference.com
  5. ^ "Jim Traber Finds Comfort a Long Way From Home" by Ken Rosenthal at latimes.com, URL accessed August 3, 2009
  6. ^ Traber Charging Mound at youtube.com
  7. ^ Radio Schedule, at jimtraber.com
  8. ^ Zeroes of Birdland: Presenting the Most Useless Orioles of All Time at citypaper.com

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