William L. Whalen
(Jimmy" or "James")
- Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
Jimmy Whalen was a minor league pitcher who won almost 300 games. Whalen, who never came to the majors, played most of his professional career in California.
Whalen debuted in 1898, going 7-12 in the California League and Pacific Coast League. The next year, he had a 17-22 record in 335 innings in the Cal League. With the 1900 Stockton Wasps, he was 17-18 with a 1.80 ERA. He moved to the San Francisco Wasps in 1901 and would win at least 29 games the next five years for them.
Whalen was 36-23 with a 2.08 ERA in 537 innings and 67 games for San Francisco in 1901. Amazingly, he failed to lead the California League in wins, one behind leader Ham Iburg. Jimmy was 30-26 in 1902, 29-21 in 443 innings in 1903 and 32-23 in 492 innings in 1904. In 1905, he was 32-25 for San Francisco and also won one outing with Stockton. He finally led the PCL in wins, as well as innings (512). He also threw a no-hitter. During 1904-1905, he ran up a steak of 47 consecutive shutout innings.
Moving to the Montreal Canucks in 1906, his first trip east, he sputtered at 12-17 and led the Eastern League with 333 hits allowed (in 246 innings). In 1907, he was 14-8 for the Williamsport Millionaires and 1-1 for the Oakland Commuters.
He joined the Sacramento Senators in 1908 and was 31-8 for them, again dominating out west. He was second in the California League in wins. He was 23-18 for Sacramento in 1908 and 14-22 in 1910, then missed 1911 due to a broken leg. He was 2-4 for the 1912 Vernon Tigers, then retired with a career record of 297-248 in 609 games.
The Sporting Life of February 24, 1906, said he had sent in a contract to the New York Highlanders, but he never appeared in a major league game for the team. The same publication, in its issue of January 29, 1916 called him a noted California pitcher, and said he had died of Bright's disease in San Francisco, CA in 1915 in his 34th year.
He is not the same player as Jimmy Whelan.