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1973 Topps #351 Jimmy Stewart

James Franklin Stewart

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Outfielder-infielder Jimmy Stewart played every position on the diamond except pitcher in his 10-season major league career, reaching the World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1970.

After the 1971 season he was involved in the famous Joe Morgan-Lee May trade between the Reds and Houston Astros.

Stewart was one of the greatest athletes in the history of Austin Peay State University. He set the school record with a .435 batting average in 1961 and batted .369 during his college career. He was also a stand-out member of the school's basketball team and set a school record in the 220-yard dash. He was named the school's best athlete in 1961 and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1979.

Stewart orginally came up to the Chicago Cubs late in the 1963 season as a shortstop at a time when Ernie Banks had moved to first base. Stewart moved from short to second and then to the outfield, although he continued to play in the infield on occasion. He closed out his career with the Astros in 1973 primarily at third base, although by that time his primary role was as a pinch-hitter. Although his most frequent position was left field (179 games) he appeared more times in the infield (277 times) than in the outfield.

He and Jamie Walker are the most prominent major leaguers to come out of Austin Peay State University.

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