Jim Foran

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James H. Foran

  • Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
  • Height 5' 7" , Weight 159 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Foran played only in 1871 in the National Association, doing well with a .348 batting average for the Fort Wayne Kekiongas. He appeared in what is called the first game in major league history, batting third in the order.

In 1869 he was with the amateur Philadelphia Athletics. In 1870 he had played with the Troy Haymakers.

One site says Foran was a household name in 1869. When Baseball Was a Passion.

He was long listed as having died in Los Angeles, CA in 1928, but that information turned out to be erroneous. He grew up in Paterson, NJ and in 1870 he married Emma Cuthbert, sister of teammate Eddie Cuthbert. He did move to San Francisco, CA in 1879. He served time in jail there for assault in the 1890s, then seemingly moved back to the East Coast in the first decade of the 20th century. There was a person named James H. Foran living in Newark, NJ and South Orange, NJ between 1910 and 1915, but there is no proof that it was the former ballplayer.

Further Reading[edit]

  • "Foran No More", in Bill Carle, ed.: Biographical Research Committee Report, SABR, March/April 2017, pp. 4-5.

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