James Russell Ellis
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- High School Tulare Union High School
- Debut August 11, 1967
- Final Game July 12, 1969
- Born March 25, 1945 in Tulare, CA USA
Jim Ellis made his big league debut on August 11, 1967, at the age of 22, pitching for the Chicago Cubs. Although he allowed one run, three hits and two walks in the 2 2/3 innings he pitched in his big league debut, earning the loss, his first big league at-bat was notable because he hit a double off opposing pitcher Jim Bunning, driving in the Cubs' only run of the game. Overall, Ellis went 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in eight games (one started) in his first big league season.
On April 23, 1968, Ellis was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers with Ted Savage for Jim Hickman and Phil Regan. On October 21st of that year, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Pete Mikkelsen. He appeared in two games for the Cardinals in 1969, starting one of them. In 5 1/3 innings, he allowed only one run for a 1.69 ERA.
Ellis played his final big league game on July 12th that year. Overall, he went 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA in 10 major league games.
Although his major league career ended after 1969, he still played professionally after that and was involved in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on October 20, 1970. The Cardinals sent Ellis and Carl Taylor to the Brewers for Jerry McNertney, George Lauzerique and Jesse Huggins, a minor leaguer.