Jackie Collum

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The St. Louis Cardinals signed Jackie Collum in 1947 and assigned him to the St. Joseph Cardinals. The left-hander debuted with a 15-11 record and 3.29 ERA. He also found time to play a little outfield, batting .388 (47-for-121). He was back with St. Joseph in 1948 and finished 24-2 with a 2.47 ERA. Again he played some outfield, batting .280 (40-for-143). Jackie spent the next three seasons with the Omaha Cardinals and the Rochester Red Wings, going 15-8 for Rochester in 1951 with a 2.81 ERA. That year, the Cardinals gave him a late season look. His first major league victory was a 6-0, two-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs. He went 2-1 in three games with a 1.59 ERA.

Jackie was in Rochester again in 1952, going 9-10 with a 3.77 ERA. One of his wins was a 9-0 no-hitter over the Ottawa Athletics on September 5. Again, he got a late season look, pitching only three innings with no decisions. Jackie started the 1953 season with the Cardinals but, after no decisions in seven games, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on May 22 for Eddie Erautt. Collum won 23 games over the next three seasons with Cincy, while alternating between starting and relieving. He was reacquired by St. Louis in 1956 and finished 6-2 with seven saves, primarily working out of the bullpen. Between 1957 and 1962, he was in and out of the majors with several teams, the Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957 and the Los Angeles Dodgers]] in 1958. After a few years in the minors, he resurfaced in 1962 with the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians. He finished his major league career 32-28 with a 4.15 ERA. A good hitting pitcher, he had a batting average of .246 (29-for-118). Altogether, Collum spent 16 seasons in baseball from 1947 through 1962, retiring at 35. In the minors, he appeared in 405 games, going 128-95 with a 3.32 ERA in 1,932 innings. His career batting average in the minors was a good .269.

After baseball, Collum became the owner of the Pioneer Oil Company in Grinnell, IA. He died there in 2009.


Baseball Players of the 1950s
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