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Jim Mallory

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James Baugh Mallory (Sunny Jim)

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Jim Mallory was 22 when World War II started. He was signed by the Washington Senators in 1942 and was with Charlotte and Burlington. In April 1942 he was called for induction in the service but rejected. He was with Columbus in the American Association for the 1943, 1944 and part of the 1945 seasons. He was with the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Giants for the rest of the 1945 season.

As a major league player, Mallory got better with time. In his first shot in the majors in 1940, he hit .167. In his second shot in 1945 with the Cardinals, he hit .233. In his last shot, with the Giants in the last part of the 1945 season, he hit .298.

In 1982, Mallory was Associate Dean of East Carolina University, and was interviewed in "A Conversation with Jim Mallory" ECU Report, Volume 14, No. 5, September 1982. He mostly talked about his duties as dean, but also gave a brief resume of his prior career:

"I went to Fork Union Military Academy for one year and was the only person in the history of the school to letter in five sports, in one year. From there I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I played football and was captain of the baseball team. I played major and minor league baseball and managed semi-professional teams, and have done umpiring and refereeing . . ."

During World War II, he trained Air Force cadets in physical fitness. He coached at Burlingon and Elon College, and came to East Carolina University in 1953 to coach baseball and football. He was the head coach at ECU from 1954 to 1962 and in 1973, leading the school to the 1961 NAIA College World Series title.

For many years, he part of a morning TV program, first called Carolina Today and later Almanac.

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