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James Leroy Faulkner (Lefty)
- Bats Both, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut September 15, 1927
- Final Game April 23, 1930
- Born July 27, 1899 in Beatrice, NE USA
- Died June 1, 1962 in West Palm Beach, FL USA
Nebraska native Jim Faulkner spent nine seasons in professional baseball from 1923 to 1931. The 23 year old left-hander pitched well in his first season, posting a 13-10 record while appearing in 32 outings, with the Evansville Evas of the class B Three-I League in 1923. Faulkner never dropped below the AA level after his first season in the game, spending his remaining seven years of minor league time, all in the AA International League, with four different clubs.
After four strong seasons in the IL, (1924-1927), Jim made his major league debut with the New York Giants on September 15, 1927. He appeared in three games, pitching 9 2/3 innings with a 3.72 ERA and won his only decision. He was back in the Polo Grounds with manager John McGraw and the 1928 Giants club for the entire following season, posting a 9-8 record with a 3.53 ERA while appearing in 38 games, helping the team to a 93-61 record and a second place finish in the National League.
As baseball goes Faulkner was taken in the 1929 Rule V Draft by the Brooklyn Robins on October 27, 1929. Jim made two early appearances for the Robins, had no decisions and pitched his final game in the big leagues on April 23, 1930. This ended his major league time and he finished out with a 10-8 record and a 3.75 ERA in 43 games.
Jim was shuffeled off to the Buffalo Bisons for the remainder of the 1929 year, went 16-13 in 37 outings and finished out his minor league career with the Buffalo team and the Newark Bears in 1930-31, finishing up his minor league time at the age of 31 with minor league numbers of 99-85 while appearing in 273 games.
After baseball and prior to World War II he operated a flying school and was an avid bowler. He died suddenly on June 1, 1962 at his home in West Palm Beach, FL and is Interred at the Pincrest Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL. James Leroy Faulkner was 62 years of age.