Jim Poole (pooleji02)

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James Richard Poole

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Jim Poole was signed as a 9th round pick in the 1988 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and scout Tommy Mixon. He had won the Silver Medal in the 1987 Pan American Games with Team USA.

Pitching for the Cleveland Indians, he allowed a game-winning solo home run to the Atlanta Braves' David Justice in the sixth and deciding game of the 1995 World Series.

After his playing career, he was a coach at Johns Creek High School, and also assisted the coaching staff at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

Poole was diagnosed with "Lou Gehrig's Disease" in 2021 [1]. He appeared at Camden Yards in 2022 on Lou Gehrig Day, while his son threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He passed away from the disease in October of 2023 on the day before the Orioles played their first postseason game in seven years.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Paul Newberry (The Associated Press): "Former MLB pitcher Jim Poole dies of ALS at 57. He gave up winning homer in '95 World Series", Yahoo! Sports, October 7, 2023. [2]

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