Jimmy Outlaw

James Paulus "Jimmy" Outlaw (January 20, 1913 – April 9, 2006) was an American professional baseball player from 1934 to 1950. He played all or part of 10 seasons in Major League Baseball as an outfielder and third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds (1937–1938), Boston Bees (1939), and Detroit Tigers (1943–1949).

Outlaw played college baseball for the Auburn Tigers and was signed in 1934 by the Cincinnati Reds. He played three years in the minor leagues, batting .351 for the Decatur Commodores and leading the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League in hits in 1935, and batting .330 as an all-star third baseman for the Nashville Volunteers in 1936. He made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1937, but appeared in only 49 games before returning to the minor leagues. He played for the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League in 1937 and 1938 and compiled a .339 batting average in 1938. He returned to the major leagues in 1939 with the Boston Bees, but returned to the International League, playing for the Buffalo Bisons from 1940 to 1943.

In August 1943, Outlaw was acquired by the Detroit Tigers where he played as an outfielder and third baseman until May 1949. He was a starter in the outfield for the Tigers in his first full major league season in 1944, appearing in 132 games. In 1945, he began the season as the Tigers' starting left fielder but moved to third base to make room for Hank Greenberg upon his return from military service in June 1945. He played third base in all seven games of the Tigers' 1945 World Series championship against the Chicago Cubs.

In 10 major league seasons, Outlaw compiled a .268 batting average with 184 RBIs, 257 runs, 79 doubles, 17 triples, 24 stolen bases, and a .333 on-base percentage. Outlaw made his home in Jackson, Alabama, where he died in 2006 at age 93. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

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