James Edwin Nash
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 230 lb.
- High School Sprayberry High School
- Debut July 3, 1966
- Final Game September 30, 1972
- Born February 9, 1945 in Hawthorne, NV USA
Baseball is watching your husband sing "Happy Birthday" to Charlie Finley's mule." — Merrill Thorne (aka Mrs. Jim Nash)
Big Jim Nash had some effective years with the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics in the 1960s. The righthander was traded to the Atlanta Braves and then to the Philadelphia Phillies. Nash finished his career in 1972 at 68-64 with a 3.58 ERA.
He made a notable splash going 12-1 as a rookie for the Kansas City Athletics in 1966, a team which finished under .500. If he had had enough innings to qualify for the championship, he would have been second in the American League in ERA. By winning his first 7 career decisions, he set a franchise record for the Athletics which still stands.
The following year, 1967, he went 12-17 on a team that also featured the rookie Reggie Jackson; he struck 186 batters that year, good for 9th in the AL. In 1968, when he went 13-13 with a 2.28 ERA, his ERA was seventh best in the league.
- 1966 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1967, 1968 & 1970)