Jim Canavan

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James Edward Canavan

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 160 lb.

* "Baseball Necrology" lists death date as May 26th (p 60)


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Biographical Information[edit]

Jim Canavan was, for a short while, the Gorman Thomas of his time, hitting for a very low average but with lots of power. Although his major league career lasted only 5 years, he was in the top 5 in the league in home runs twice. In 1892, he batted only .166 for the Chicago Colts, which is the lowest batting average in major league history for a player with at least 400 at bats.

His minor league career ran from at least 1887, when he was 20, to 1906, when he was 39. He was also manager of New Haven for six seasons, mostly as a player-manager.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1900 New Haven Blues Connecticut League 58-39 2nd
1901 New Haven Blues Connecticut League 56-55 5th
1902 New Haven Blues Connecticut League 70-39 1st
1903 New Haven Blues Connecticut League 50-55 6th
1904 New Haven Blues Connecticut League 69-47 3rd
1905 New Haven Blues Connecticut League -- -- replaced by Jack Tighe
Norwich Reds Connecticut League 8th replaced George Allen
1906 New Bedford Whalers New England League 63-54 4th
1908 New Bedford Whalers New England League -- -- replaced by Tommy Corcoran

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