Jim Carlin

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James Arthur Carlin

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Alabama native Jim Carlin spent nine active years in professional baseball from 1936 to 1949. He served from late 1941 through 1945 with the United States Navy during World War II.

Carlin spent his first three seasons in the minors with the New York Giants before being traded on December 11, 1938 to the Washington Senators, along with Tom Baker and $20,000, for Zeke Bonura. Carlin had his best season with the bat, hitting .272 with ten home runs in 106 games for the Charlotte Hornets of the Class B Piedmont League. He eventually wound up with the Philadelphia Phillies organization and spent from July 26, 1941 to August 22, with the big league Phillies. He appeared in 16 games with 21 at-bats and 3 hits, including one home run, for a .143 career average. Returning from the service, Jim had three more active years in 1946, 1947 and 1949. Altogether, he appeared with eleven minor league clubs in nine different leagues, playing the infield the majority of the time. Carlin never reached the .300 mark as a hitter but, in his nine seasons, he appeared in 905 games with 3,251 at-bats and 827 hits, including 45 home runs, for a .254 career average.

While in the Navy, Carlin was stationed at the Norfolk Naval Training Station (1942-1943) where he teamed with Bob Feller, Fred Hutchinson, Ace Parker, Sam Chapman and Vinnie Smith.

Carlin is an inductee in the Southeastern Louisiana University Athletics Hall of Fame. He died on November 29, 2003 in Birmingham, AL at the age of 85.

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