From BR Bullpen
Vernal Leroy Jones
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 185 lb.
- High School John C. Fremont High School
- Debut June 9, 1946
- Final Game September 29, 1957
- Born June 29, 1925 in Los Angeles, CA USA
- Died October 3, 1995 in Sacramento, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Nippy Jones spent most of his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and made a token appearance as a pinch hitter in the 1946 World Series, won by the Cardinals. He was later a regular on the 1948 and 1949 teams, both of which finished in second place. In 1949, he hit .300.
He had the unusual distinction in 1948 of leading the league in grounded-into-double-plays, usually the mark of a slow runner, and also being sixth in the league in triples, usually the mark of a fast runner. The next year he reduced his numbers in both of those categories.
He is perhaps most remembered for his winning an argument with an umpire in the 1957 World Series with the Milwaukee Braves, when he had the ball retrieved and showed the umpire his shoe polish on the ball. He was awarded first base on a hit by pitch.
After retiring as a player, he worked in public relations for a Sacramento, CA title company before becoming a fishing guide.
He died from a heart attack at his home and he is buried at Southeast Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento.