Jim Gladd

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James Walter Gladd

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Oklahoma native Jim Gladd spent twelve years in professional baseball from 1940 to 1955. Gladd spent his first three seasons (1940-1942) in the minor leagues before spending the next three years (1943-1945) in the European Theater of Operations with the United States Army during World War II.

Jim returned to baseball in time for the 1946 season and appeared in 50 games with the Jersey City Giants of the International League and hit .269 in 145 at-bats. He made his big league debut this same season with the New York Giants on September 9, 1946. Jim appeared in just four games for the Giants and picked up just one hit in 12 at-bats for a .091 average. He played in his final game on September 29, 1946.

Gladd spent eight more seasons in the minor leagues, from 1947 to 1955, all in the Pacific Coast League. Gladd never topped the .300 mark in his career and 1950 was probably his best showing, when he appeared in 133 games and hit at a .267 clip, with 111 base-hits and 16 home runs, for the Portland Beavers of the PCL. He finished up his minor league run in 1955 at the age of 32, having appeared in 1,037 games and hitting at an estimated .246 average with 67 home runs.

After baseball, Gladd became a vice-president of a lumber and hardware corporation for 22 years, before his death by a heart attack, on November 8, 1977 at his home in Long Beach, CA.

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