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300. Jim Gilliam

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300. Jim Gilliam
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 17, 1928 in Nashville, TN USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 14, 1953
  • Final Game: September 30, 1966
  • Rookie of the Year - 1953
  • TSN All-Star - 1963
 
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A member of the Dodgers throughout his entire career, Jim Gilliam is one of the few players who won a World Series ring in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

Gilliam made an instant splash as the National League Rookie of the Year in 1953, where he led the NL in Triples (17) and has a career-high 125 Runs.  Gilliam would have at least 100 Runs in the next three years and was twice an All-Star (1956 in Brooklyn and 1959 in L.A.).  Gilliam performed his role as the Dodgers leadoff hitter, leading the NL in Walks in 1959 and having four 20 Stolen Base years.  A member of four World Series Championship Teams, Gilliam was also an above-average defensive player at Second Base, and he led the NL in Total Zone Runs in 1956.  Gilliam also had two top-ten finishes for the NL MVP.

While Gilliam might not be considered Hall of Fame worthy, he should have at least been on the ballot when he was eligible in 1972.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 1972
  • Position: Second Base, Third Base, Outfield
  • Played For: Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2) (1956 & 1959)
    Rookie of the Year (NL) (1953)
    Most Plate Appearances (1) (NL) (1953)
    Most Triples (1) (NL) (1953)
    Most Walks (1) (NL) (1959)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1) (NL) (1962)
    Most Total Zone Runs (1) (NL) (1956)
    World Series Rings (4) (Brooklyn Dodgers 1955, Los Angeles Dodgers 1959, 1963 & 1966) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (NL: 1956, 5th) & (NL: 1963, 6th)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Batting Average)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Hits)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed #)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Total Zone Runs)
    1 Top Ten Finish (bWAR for Position Players)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Offensive bWAR)\
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Defensive bWAR)

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: N/A
  • Should be Inducted As A: Los Angeles Dodger

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