James Sarkis Essian Jr.
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.
- High School St. Martin of Tours High School
- Debut September 15, 1973
- Final Game September 30, 1984
- Born January 2, 1951 in Detroit, MI USA
Jim Essian played twelve seasons in the major leagues, mostly as a catcher, and then went on to a second career as a manager in the minors and majors. As a hitter, he knew how to draw a walk and had moderate power. He had seven stops in the majors as a player, and in his best year with the bat hit 10 home runs with a .374 on-base percentage on the Chicago White Sox in 1977, a team which won 90 games.
Essian's son, also named Jim, played in the minors in 1999-2006. He is the uncle of Chris Demetral, Mike Demetral, Scott Demetral and Ted Demetral. Essian managed Chris when he guided the Greek national team to fourth place at the 2010 European Championship.
|Chicago Cubs Manager
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1985||Miami Marlins||Florida State League||38-58||10th||none||replaced Tom Burgess (20-25) on May 26|
|1986||Winston-Salem Spirits||Carolina League||82-56||2nd||Chicago Cubs||League Champs|
|1987||Pittsfield Cubs||Eastern League||87-51||1st||Chicago Cubs||Lost in 1st round|
|1988||Pittsfield Cubs||Eastern League||76-64||3rd||Chicago Cubs||Lost in 1st round|
|1989||Charlotte Knights||Southern League||70-73||6th||Chicago Cubs|
|1990||Iowa Cubs||American Association||72-74||5th||Chicago Cubs|
|1991||Iowa Cubs||American Association||22-15||--||Chicago Cubs||replaced by Mick Kelleher on May 21|
|Chicago Cubs||National League||59-63||4th||Chicago Cubs||replaced Don Zimmer (18-19) and Joe Altobelli (0-1) on May 22|
|1995||Pueblo Bighorns||Texas-Louisiana League||21-29||--||Independent Leagues||Team folded after first half|
|1996||Norwich Navigators||Eastern League||71-70||5th||New York Yankees|
|2013||Fort Worth Cats||United League||49-30||1st||Independent Leagues||Lost League Finals|