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James Patrick Archer

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Archer at Stetson University, 1913.

Irish-born catcher Jimmy Archer played a dozen seasons in the majors and was best known for his strong throwing arm. While he was born in Ireland, his family moved to Canada when he was young and he grew up in Toronto, ON.

Prior to his baseball days, Archer severely burned his right arm in an accident while working in a factory. After his injury healed, the muscles in his arm shortened but became stronger.

Archer earned his first cups of coffee in the majors with the 1904 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1907 Detroit Tigers but failed to hit .200 in each of the years. He joined the Chicago Cubs in 1909 and saw considerable playing time behind the plate for them through 1916. After splitting the 1918 season between the Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Cincinnati Reds, he retired.

In 1931, Archer saved the lives of two men who had been overcome by carbon monoxide while in the cab of a truck.

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