Friday, November 19, 2010
Unpossible Autograph Friday- Jim Finigan
Jim played for the Orioles during the 1959 season, which was his final year in the Major Leagues. In addition to the O's, he played for the Philadelphia Athletics, Kansas City Athletics, Detroit Tigers, and San Francisco Giants during his 6 year big league career from 1954-59.
His rookie season in Philly was his best, he came in 2nd in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, received some MVP votes, and was elected to the All-Star team. He made the All-Star team again the next season, but his numbers quickly went downhill after 1955. By the time Jim reached Baltimore, his main role was to spell the young Brooks Robinson at third base.
Jim passed away in May of 1981, apparently of a heart attack. He was only 52 years old. RIP Jim.