James Edward Canavan
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut April 8, 1891
- Final Game July 13, 1897
- Born November 26, 1866 in New Bedford, MA USA
- Died May 27*, 1949 in New Bedford, MA USA
* "Baseball Necrology" lists death date as May 26th (p 60)
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
|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|