James Edward Dwyer
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.
- School Southern Illinois University
- High School St. Laurence High School
- Debut June 10, 1973
- Final Game June 21, 1990
- Born January 3, 1950 in Evergreen Park, IL USA
Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 11th round of the 1971 amateur draft, Dwyer hit .387 with the Tulsa Oilers in 1973 to lead the American Association. He made his big league debut that summer and played with five different big league clubs before signing with the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 1981 season. During 8 seasons with the O's, he became known as one of the best pinch hitters in the game, hitting 9 pinch home runs during that span. In 1982, Jim reached base 13 consecutive times from September 29 through October 2nd, including eight hits and five walks. He hit a home run in Game 1 of the 1983 World Series for the Orioles against the Philadelphia Phillies and clubbed 15 homers during the 1987 season. He ended his big league career as a 40-year-old with the Minnesota Twins in 1990.
Since his playing career ended, Dwyer has been a minor league manager and coach. He was a coach for the Portland Beavers in 1991. He managed from 1992 to 1994, then coached the Hardware City Rock Cats in 1995 and 1996. He was the Twins' minor league hitting coordinator from 1997 to 2005. From 2006 to 2016, he was on the coaching staff of the Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League.
Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record
|1992||Kenosha Twins||Midwest League||63-70||8th||Minnesota Twins|
|1993||Fort Wayne Wizards||Midwest League||68-67||7th||Minnesota Twins|
|1994||Fort Wayne Wizards||Midwest League||66-73||10th (t)||Minnesota Twins|
- Jim Dwyer (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, March 1990, pp. 67-69.