Jim Bethea

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James Russell Bethea

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Jim Bethea played in the Detroit Tigers minor league system from 1959 to 1961.

With the Montgomery Rebels in 1959, he hit .320/.483/.549 with 21 home runs, 99 RBI, 97 runs and 123 walks (to only 51 strikeouts) in 114 games. He led the Alabama-Florida League in RBI, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (1.032) and tied Peter Walski for the lead in home runs. With the Durham Bulls in 1960, he hit .280/.398/.486 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI in 117 games. He struggled as he moved up the minor league ladder, and in 1961, he hit .233/.333/.326 with two home runs and 29 RBI in 88 games for the Class-A Knoxville Smokies.

Overall, Bethea hit .285/.419/.474 with 31 home runs and 186 RBI in 319 games.

His brother, Bill Bethea, pitched for the Minnesota Twins in 1964.