Jim Delsing, Gaedel’s pinch-runner, dies

Jim Delsing died last week in his home in Chesterfield, Mo.

Delsing’s name has been relegated to an answer to a trivia question.  Who was the pinch-runner for St Louis Browns midget pinch hitter Eddie Gaedel? 

However, Jim Delsing had a 10-year career in the bigs, playing in 822 games for 6 different clubs.  He hit 40 homers and collected 286 rbis.  He was said to be a good outfielder.

If you want a different view of Delsing, the Green Bay Gazette has a refreshing article about him entitled, Baseball’s Delsing, who played in Green Bay, dies at 80The focus is not so much on the Gaedel incident which every baseball fan knows about rather it talks about his early playing days.



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