Jimmie Wilson

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James Wilson

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 200 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jimmie Wilson was 42 when World War II began. He had played in the major leagues in the 1920s and 1930s and managed the Chicago Cubs in the 1942 and 1943 seasons. He was relieved of that job 10 games into the 1944 season and then became a coach for the Cincinnati Reds. In 1944, the Cubs won on opening day, then lost their next 9 games under Wilson, who was dismissed after losing both ends of a doubleheader on April 30. Interim manager Roy Johnson lost his one game at the helm, then Charlie Grimm opened his tenure with 3 straight losses and one win in his first seven games. He was not in the Armed Forces but his son, Lieutenant Robert Wilson, 21, and a graduate of Princeton University, was a bombardier on a B29 and killed when the plane exploded on a training mission in India in 1944.

In 1940, he was a full-time coach and little-used 40-year old back-up when the Cincinnati Reds's regular catcher, Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi, injured an ankle a few days before the start of the World Series; Lombardi's regular back-up that year had been Willard Hershberger, but he had tragically committed suicide in early August. Wilson was forced to play regularly and shined, hitting .353 and playing excellent defense as the Reds beat the Detroit Tigers in seven games. On May 13th of that same year, he had been pressed into serve as a fill-in umpire in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals when someone had failed to assign umpires; the game was delayed for half an hour while Larry Goetz, who was on an off-day, was summoned from home and Wilson and Cardinals pitcher Lon Warneke worked the bases. Wilson was used to the money games, however, as he had served as the St. Louis Cardinals catcher during their three World Series appearances in 1928, 1930 and 1931.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Preceded by
Burt Shotton
Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Succeeded by
Doc Prothro
Preceded by
Gabby Hartnett
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Charlie Grimm

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1934 Philadelphia Phillies National League 56-93 7th Philadelphia Phillies
1935 Philadelphia Phillies National League 64-89 7th Philadelphia Phillies
1936 Philadelphia Phillies National League 54-100 8th Philadelphia Phillies
1937 Philadelphia Phillies National League 61-92 7th Philadelphia Phillies
1938 Philadelphia Phillies National League 45-103 -- Philadelphia Phillies replaced by Hans Lobert on October 2
1941 Chicago Cubs National League 70-84 6th Chicago Cubs
1942 Chicago Cubs National League 68-86 6th Chicago Cubs
1943 Chicago Cubs National League 74-79 5th Chicago Cubs
1944 Chicago Cubs National League 1-9 -- Chicago Cubs replaced by Roy Johnson on May 3

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