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James Paulus Outlaw

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Starting in 1934 Jimmy Outlaw played with five different Minor League teams before he broke in as a third baseman with the 1937 Cincinnati Reds. In 1938 he became an outfielder before a three-team trade sent him to the1939 Boston Bees.

The 5-foot-8 right-handed batter returned to the minors for a three year stint with the Buffalo Bisons of the International League and didn't return to the big leagues until 1943, when he joined the Detroit Tigers. Outlaw played 139 games in 1944, his career best, when he hit .273 with 20 doubles, 57 runs batted in and 59 runs scored.

He returned to third base during the 1945 World Series to make room in left field for slugger Hank Greenberg, who had returned from the service. Outlaw hit just .179 (5 for 28) with three RBIs as the Tigers edged the Chicago Cubs in seven games. His hard smash in the sixth inning of Game 6 ripped off the nail of the middle finger of Claude Passeau, forcing the Cubs' ace out of the game the next inning. The Cubs, who used three more pitchers, won the game in the 12th.

Outlaw spent the next four seasons with the Tigers and when his ten year Major League playing career ended in 1949, he had compiled a .268 lifetime average with 79 doubles, 17 triples, six homers, 184 RBIs, with an OBP of .333.

Outlaw finished up his baseball career as player-manager of the 1950 Miami Beach Flamingos of the Florida International League. This was his only known managerial position.

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