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James Francis Norris

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Jim Norris played four seasons in the American League, appearing in at least 113 games each year in spite of suffering a variety of injuries.

Both he and Gene Hiser were at the University of Maryland from 1968-70. Hiser came up much earlier but Norris ultimately had many more at-bats. Norris also played in the collegiate Cape Cod Baseball League in 1969-70 and was inducted into the CCBL Hall of Fame in 2004. He was league MVP in 1969.

Norris was drafted in 1971 in the Secondary Phase, and worked his way through Cleveland's minor league system from 1971-76. He started out hitting .382 in the rookie league and then years later hit .320 for Toledo in 1976.

In 1977 he was a 28-year-old rookie with the 1997 Cleveland Indians, for whom he became a regular, appearing in slightly more games in center field than anyone else and also appearing in slightly more games in right field than anyone else. He hit .270 and stole 26 bases.

In 1978 he hit .283 but appeared in fewer games.

He finished up his minor league career in 1981.

He is one of three major leaguers (through 2008) with the last name Norris. The others are Leo Norris and Mike Norris. He is not to be confused with Jim Morris, a more recent player.

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