Jim Ridley

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James Beswick Ridley

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 170 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Ridley was a minor league outfielder in 1964-1965. He was MVP of the Intercounty Baseball League in 1974 with the Straford Hillers. Ridley coached the Canadian Junior National Team from 1983-1988, guiding them to two Bronze Medals (1983 and 1987). He managed Team Canada in the 1988 Olympics and 1991 Pan American Games and coached for them in the 1988 Baseball World Cup and 1990 Baseball World Cup. He scouted for the Detroit Tigers (1973-1975), Toronto Blue Jays (1976-2002) and Minnesota Twins (until his death in 2008). His signees include John Ogiltree and Rene Tosoni. He coached the Medicine Hat Blue Jays from 1978-1980. Ridley died of cancer at age 64. In 2014, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in a class with Tim Wallach, Dave Van Horne and Murray Cook.