James Edwards

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James Corbette Edwards
(Little Joe)

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Jim Joe "Little Joe" Edwards pitched six years in the big leagues. With the 1923 Cleveland Indians he went 10-10 with one save.

Jim Joe was born in Banner, MS, in northern Mississippi. He attended Mississippi College in Clinton, MS, near Jackson, MS. Although Watty Clark and Tom Gulley were at the college at the same time as Jim Joe, Jim Joe made it first to the majors, and was the first player from Mississippi College to come to the majors.

Edwards, who was at Mississippi College through 1922, made his major league debut in May 1922. He was 27 at the time. In his first season, with the 1922 Indians, he went 3-8 in 25 games.

On July 24, 1923, he and Ray Kolp of the 1923 Browns pitched 13-inning complete games against each other. Edwards won the game when a teammate hit a home run.

Jim Joe stayed with the Indians until they sold him in July 1925 to the 1925 White Sox, for whom he pitched in 1925 and 1926. With the 1926 White Sox he pitched 142 innings, going 6-9 with one save.

Jim Joe played for Seattle in 1927, going 20-17. He came back one last time to the majors with the 1928 Cincinnati Reds but was not effective, and spent half the season with Seattle, where he went 1-8. In 1929 he split his time between Seattle and Oakland, going 18-15.

He pitched three more seasons in the minors, winning in double figures each season.

He died after a car accident in 1965.

He is sometimes referred to as James Edwards. Although his middle name was Corbette, a 1924 baseball card named him James E. Edwards.

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