Jimmy Austin

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James Philip Austin

  • Bats Both, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7½", Weight 155 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

"I guess most people must have thought I was crazy. Twenty-four years old and leaving a good job to go off and play a boys' game. After just finishing four years of apprenticeship, too, and finally getting to be a full-fledged machinist. In a way, I guess it did look like I was off my rocker. But it all depends on how you look at it. Me, I was always crazy about baseball." - Jimmy Austin, speaking with Lawrence S. Ritter for his 1966 book The Glory of Their Times

Jimmy Austin was a long-time regular third baseman for the New York Highlanders and St. Louis Browns during the deadball era. A slick fielder, he also stole bases and drew many walks. He was a player-manager for the team for parts of three years, serving as Branch Rickey's "Sunday manager" during "The Mahatma"'s time as Browns manager, and was a coach for the team from 1923 to 1932, making a couple cameo appearances as a player. Later, he also coached for the Chicago White Sox from 1933 to 1935, 1937, 1939 and 1940.

Preceded by
George Stovall
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
Branch Rickey
Preceded by
Fielder Jones
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
Jimmy Burke
Preceded by
Lee Fohl
St. Louis Browns Manager
Succeeded by
George Sisler

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1913 St. Louis Browns American League 2-6 -- St. Louis Browns Replaced George Stovall (50-84) on September 7/
Replaced by Branch Rickey on September 17
1918 St. Louis Browns American League 7-9 -- St. Louis Browns Replaced Fielder Jones (22-24) on June 14/
Replaced by Jimmy Burke on June 28
1923 St. Louis Browns American League 22-29 5th St. Louis Browns Replaced Lee Fohl (52-49) on August 8

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