Jim Marshall
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Jim Marshall
Jim Marshall
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 606 of 1043 players
Rufus James Marshall
Born: May 25, 1931 at Danville, Ill.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.01 Weight: 195

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First Mets game: April 11, 1962
Last Mets game: May 6, 1962

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Joe Figliola
August 13, 2001
You wanna know why the Mets lost 120 games in 1962? Because they got rid of a guy in Jim Marshall who hit .344 and was averaging one home run every 10.6 at-bats! Mark McGwire, eat your heart out!

Seriously, though, I remember Jim more as a manager of the Cubs during the mid-1970s.

Bob P
April 12, 2006
Jim Marshall had 852 major league at bats over five seasons and was traded five times, sold for cash once, and claimed on waivers once.

Nearly half of his at bats came with the Cubs in 1958 and 1959. Marshall hit 16 homers as a Cub, including three in a doubleheader in his rookie season.

He hit 3 homers in just 32 at bats with the Mets, two of them in consecutive games against the Pirates, and the other against the Phillies.

In May 1962 the Mets traded Jim to the Pirates for Vinegar Bend Mizell. Jim played sparingly for Pittsburgh (just 100 at bats the rest of the season), mainly as Dick Stuart's backup at first base. The Pirates released him after the season, and Jim went to Japan where he hit 78 homers over the next three seasons.

Jim managed in the minors for a while, then replaced Whitey Lockman as manager of the Cubs in July 1974 (Lockman had replaced Leo Durocher two years earlier). Jim went just 175-218 in two and a half years before being fired after the 1976 season. He resurfaced in 1979 to manage the Oakland A's, but they went just 54- 108. Marshall was fired after one season and replaced by Billy Martin. He won just 229 of 555 games as a manager.

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