He died at 72 from heart failure on April 27, 1979, in Johnson City, and was survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and three daughters. Family gatherings and reunions were favorite pastimes; each new grandchild was warmly welcomed into the family. In a disastrous first start, he gave up two home runs (and six RBIs) to Baltimore’s Moose Solters, the league batting champion, during an eight-run fourth inning in a 12-3 loss on August 18. Cronkite School at ASU Mooney (14-7) was one of three (past and future) major-league hurlers, along with Red Munger (16-13) and Hersh Lyons (12-1). In April 1944 Mooney returned to the States for more training and to pick up his new crew of five officers, 104 enlisted men, and a landing ship tank, LST-555, in Chicago. On July 26 he took over as interim manager when Mercer Harris was indefinitely suspended after a run-in with an umpire. Join Facebook to connect with Jim Mooney and others you may know. He died on May 19, 1956 in Riverside, California, USA. On February 22, 1931, Jim Mooney reported to the Giantsâ spring-training camp at San Antonio, Texas. This youngster stood the lordly Cards on their heads last Sunday, allowing them one hit and a string of goose eggs in five innings.”9. Texas Bluebonnets is currently at J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art on Broadway in San Antonio. Stop by the gallery to view or purchase. Mooney revealed 45 years later that the injury caused him to change his stride and arm problems developed that he never overcame. Besides coaching baseball and teaching engineering drawing and other industrial arts, he helped thousands of veterans in his role as veterans’ adviser. In the spring of 1938, Mooney pitched for the amateur Saltville Alkalies in Virginia’s newly organized Burley Belt League. According to his nephews, he learned to pitch there; as he walked down the road and through the fields, he would throw stones, apples, or corncobs at fence posts, knotholes, bottles, and other targets instead of doing his chores. Invited to the Cardinals’ 1934 spring-training camp in Bradenton, Florida, Mooney arrived without fanfare, but his erratic performances continued. 31 Edward Burns, “Hazen Cuyler Lost to Cubs Until June,” The Sporting News, April 6, 1933, 1. In his spare time, he was a Little League coach for many years and made sure that every boy got to play, sometimes to the chagrin of some of the parents. By the time he retired in June 1974, he was regarded as one of the foremost authorities on veterans’ affairs in Tennessee. 8 “Training Camp News. 29 John Kieran, “Sports of the Times,” New York Times, February 7, 1933, 24. Posting a 17-20 record and a 4.25 ERA in 356 innings in a four-year big-league career, Mooney never made it back to the majors; however, he continued to pitch in professional baseball until 1948 and remained involved in the sport for the rest of his life. Mooney pitched well in his debut against Rochester on August 18, but lost 1-0 on a run-scoring wild pitch. During the final (and worst) typhoon the vessel grounded off Wakayama, Japan, and was rendered unsalvageable. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.). Young Southpaw Breezes to an Easy Victory” read the New York Times subheading about his accomplishments.21 When he beat Brooklyn 10-1 in his next start (the only run the Dodgers scored was unearned), Mooney ran his record to 5-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.77 with just four earned runs in 46? Keeping in shape by playing basketball for the Erwin team in the Appalachian Independent Basketball Conference during the winter, Mooney reported to the Red Birds’ spring training hoping to jump-start his career. (Page 2) Description Ross Andru and Jim Mooney Marvel Team-Up #7 Story Page 13 Original Art (Marvel, 1973). However, in a reversal reminiscent of a decision made on a June 23 Cardinals’ win against the Dodgers, National League President John Heydler again invalidated an official scorer’s decision and gave the win to Dean. In 1980 ETSU’s new on-campus baseball facility was named Mooney Field. Memorial services are pending. Mooney’s performance was only marginally better for the last place (59-84) Spartans; he was 6-10 on the mound with a 4.86 ERA. He pitched three innings in a 3-1 exhibition loss to the Texas League’s Dallas Steers on March 15, and the Dallas Morning News said that he “showed some good southpaw stuff.”11 On April 12, pitching for the Giants’ second team, Mooney defeated the Eastern League’s Bridgeport Bears 3-1, giving up six hits and striking out seven. James Mooney in Texas We found 52 records for James Mooney in Austin, Archer City and 32 other cities in Texas. 24 Ralph S. Davis, “Bucs Want Neither Malone Nor Davis,” The Sporting News, September 17, 1931, 3. In the opinion of TSN, Mooney “appears to need some polishing to fit him for major league duty.”12. Mooney (10-7, 2.65 ERA) didn’t play in Mobile’s Little Dixie Series triumph over Macon, instead returning to Bristol to teach. Mooney pitched on summer weekends for the Blue Ridge League’s Abingdon (Virginia) Triplets in 1948. Jack Mooney, “Jim Mooney.” Hawkins County Historical Society (n.d.), 387-89. Tex Mooney was born on March 9, 1917 in Del Rio, Texas, USA as Oran Thomas Mooney. When Mooney endured a 10-5 exhibition loss to the Seals in San Francisco, the New York Times said that he “still appears behind in his home work. View the profiles of people named Jim Mooney. Mooney registered victories in his first two starts under Terry, including a complete-game 3-2 triumph over the Reds on June 9. 4 “His Speed Burns Them Up,” The Sporting News, September 10, 1931, 1. With the Giants struggling at 17-23, McGraw announced his retirement and was succeeded by player-manager Bill Terry. … [He] ran full tilt into trouble as early as the second inning,” giving up five hits and four runs.26 Off to a rough start to begin the season, Mooney wrote his brother, “Perhaps you are wondering why I have not been winning any ball games. He continued to teach during the winter and play baseball during the summer for most of the next 18 years. “My dream has come true or perhaps not a dream but hard work,” Mooney wrote Charles on August 8, 1931. 32 “Hornsby Looms Up In King Row As Next Leader of The Browns, “The Sporting News, July 20, 1933, 1. Mooney trained with Chattanooga in 1930 but lacked control and was released. On July 27 Mooney saved a game against Newport; his first win was in relief on July 29, a 5-4 victory over Kingsport. According to his daughter, when he was at home he could listen to two games on the radio and watch one on TV. 5 L.M. “Street and [Branch] Rickey like him.”29 When asked about the trade, Mooney said he wasn’t surprised; “I will give Gabby Street everything I have and will try to make a good man for his club. Sutter, “Dorchester’s reputation for hiring ringers was as notorious as its field [in Virginia]. A fastball pitcher, Mooney specialized in strikeouts. James W. Mooney, 55, of Urbandale, IA, passed away on June 29, 2020. After eight appearances and 37 innings of work, he was the league’s top pitcher at the end of May with a 3-0 record. The manner of his entry on the stage was quite dramatic.”17 After two relief appearances (winning one of them), Mooney tossed his first career shutout in his second start, blanking the Cincinnati Reds on four hits while striking out six on August 22. 9 “Outfielders Main Worry of Lookouts,” Times-Picayune, April 14, 1929, 81. Back in Chattanooga in 1929, Mooney pitched five innings of one-hit ball against Grover Cleveland Alexander and the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition game on April 7 in Chattanooga and earned the win.8 “Jim Mooney,” raved the Times-Picayune, “has been casting joy, refined and unrefined, into Manager Jimmy (Johnston’s) heart. In August the Cardinals were losing ground to first-place New York and were behind by six games in midmonth. Receive an email notification when changes occur for Jim Mooney. Jim Mooney Overview Jim Mooney has been associated with six companies, according to public records. 7 “Eight-Run Rally Wins for Lookouts, 10-6,” Times-Picayune, New Orleans, June 27, 1927, 16. After starting on an irregular basis and pitching in long relief for most of June and July, Mooney made eight consecutive starts from July 31 to September 5, but could not replicate the consistent magic from the previous season. Moose Fralick (12-1) was equally as good, and catcher Walker Cooper was a year away from starting his 18-year major-league career. He won his next start, on May 28, a 5-3 victory over Philadelphia, despite giving up 11 hits and four walks. Mooney (13-7, 2.92 ERA) was the Cardinals’ best pitcher in 1947, walking only 16 men in 22 games. Sutter, Ball, Bat, and Bitumen: A History of Coalfield Baseball in the Appalachian South (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2009), 33, 55. 18 Joe Vila, “Rookie Gives Giants Fresh Lease of Life,” The Sporting News, August 27, 1931, 1. During the winter he refereed basketball games; in the spring, he was a track and field official for the Big Six Conference. They were soon deployed in the South Pacific, where they participated in eight major landings as the US forces drew ever so close to Japan. Control was Mooney’s biggest problem; by mid-July, he had a 3-9 record (5.10 ERA), led the league in wild pitches, and was among the league leaders in walks. Join Facebook to connect with Jimmy Mooney and others you may know. “Giants Buy Southpaw. He was also a popular speaker at banquets and other community gatherings. Abingdon (43-81) finished the season in last place. View the profiles of people named Jim Mooney. After his triumph over the Cubs on August 26, he pitched for the first time in an opponent’s ballpark and shut out the Boston Braves at Braves Field on September 1 surrendering eight hits. According to TSN, “Gabby [Street] would not be having his troubles today if Bill Walker and Jim Mooney … had come up to expectations.”32. Select the best result to find their address, phone number, relatives, and public records. He then moved to Erwin, Tennessee, where he lived at the YMCA, taught industrial arts, and coached girls’ basketball at Unicoi High School. In two-thirds of an inning, he faced eight batters and surrendered four hits, two walks, and six runs in a 14-5 loss. Both decisions gave Dean an even 30 wins. I think I will like to play for St. Louis, for they are the one team in the National League that has a pennant-winning fever. Ineffective in three stints at the highest minor-league level, Mooney was optioned by the Cardinals to the Memphis Chicks of the Southern Association in 1936, and was 2-0 in three games. Still in the Cardinals’ chain, but now closer to home, Mooney was assigned to Asheville of the Piedmont League in 1939. It was the first of 13 wins that gave East Tennessee its only undefeated season; Mooney pitched every game. 14 Letter from Jim Mooney to his brother Charles. If you can help us improve this player’s biography, contact us. Register now to join us for the SABR Virtual Analytics Conference on March 11-14, 2021. In 1927, his final season, he continued to torment Emory and Henry College, striking out 24 batters in an 11-inning 1-0 win against another future major leaguer, Monte Weaver, who fanned 19. He was the youngest of four children born to Robert C. and Rebecca A. “I have never seen a newcomer pitch with more confidence and skill” said a delighted McGraw about Mooney’s success.23 Celebrated around the city, the “sensational southpaw” capitalized on his notoriety and went on a barnstorming tour after the season with some other members of the Giants, including Ethan Allen, Chick Fullis, Doc Marshall, and Johnny Vergez.24 In late February 1932, TSN reported on his successful duck hunt in the Mooresburg Valley, showing him with three of the six mallards he bagged. Mooney finished the season with a 7-1 record, including six complete games, two shutouts, and a 2.01 ERA in 71? Sherrod hired him as a professor and baseball coach. Wes Singletary, Florida’s First Big League Baseball Players: A Narrative History (Charleston, South Carolina: History, 2006). The top city of residence is Houston, followed by Dallas. Though technically still a high-school student, Mooney turned out for college coach Jim Luck’s spring baseball tryout. Undated . Facebook gives people the power to share... Log in or sign up for Facebook to connect with friends, family and A game against the Giants was notable: On June 27, Dizzy Dean held a 7-6 lead going into the top of the ninth inning. On June 21 he pitched the Bristol State Liners to a 12-3 win over Cavalier Grill in a semipro Burley Belt League game. Much of Texas is experiencing rolling blackouts, as utilities are unable to keep power flowing. John McGraw had returning starters Bill Walker, Freddie Fitzsimmons, and Carl Hubbell to anchor the rotation, and much was expected of Jim Mooney, who received a “substantial increase in salary” enabling him to resign his high-school teaching position.25 After a few weeks of training in Los Angeles, the press wasn’t sure that optimism was warranted. 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