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Cobe Jones

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Coburn Dyas Jones

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Cobe Jones played some shortstop in the early part of the season for the 1929 Pittsburgh Pirates. George Grantham played some second base and first base and outfield, and missed a third of the season. Dick Bartell split his time between shortstop and second base. Jones was one of several players who got to play shortstop when Bartell was at second. After Jones was done, the Pirates brought in Stu Clarke to play 57 games at shortstop and third base and second base.

Jones hit .254/.266/.365 on a team that hit .303/.361/.430. Defensively, his fielding average was .919, compared to Bartell's .953.

A Colorado boy who was born and died in Denver, he attended Colorado College during the time 1922-26 and attended the University of Colorado during the time 1925-28. He is the only major league player to have attended Colorado College, a small liberal arts college founded in Colorado Springs, CO at roughly the time when the city was founded.

Jones played professional baseball briefly while in college, hitting .231 for the Durham Bulls and .290 with the Sacramento Senators in 1925 and .224 for the 1926 Corsicana Oilers. He hit .306/~.365/.419 with 20 steals for the 1928 Bridgeport Bears to earn his chance at the majors. After leaving Pittsburgh, Jones batted .314/?/.408 for the Wichita Aviators and .192 in seven games with the Newark Bears.

Cobe returned to Bridgeport in 1930 but only hit .228, then managed a weak .200 the next year for the Denver Bears. In '32, he batted .283 with the Wichita Aviators. Six years later, he hit an unusual .159/~.437/.261 as player/manager of the Bartlesville Chiefs with 34 walks and 69 at-bats. He finished his career with the 1941 Denver club, hitting .333 in limited time.

After retiring, Jones scouted for the Chicago Cubs (1950-1951), St. Louis Cardinals (1965-1967), and Cincinnati Reds (1968-1969).


Sources include 1929-30 and 1938 Spalding Guides, Pat Doyle's Professional Baseball Player Database and The International League: Year-by-Year Statistics by Marshall Wright

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