Sunday, August 7, 2011

#185 Jim Busby

Another pink framed Red Sox guy. Hmm.

Anyway Jim Busby had a career that resembled a water slide, high at the beginning but straight downhill in a hurry. He debuted with the White Sox in 1950 following that up with a full and pretty successful year in 1951. He hit .283 that year and stole 26 bases, making the AL All Star team. An off year in 1952 saw him traded to Washington. The change seemed to do Busby good because he had his two best years there in D.C. in 1953 and '54. He batted .312 and .298 with at least 80 RBIs both years.

He left the Nats in mid '55 as he was dealt back to Chicago. That trade began a journey that led Busby around the AL as he played for the Indians, Red Sox and had a couple of stints with the Orioles. He never could recapture the magic of his early career and ended up with the Colt 45s in 1962 appearing in 15 games over a two month stay. After his playing days Busby coached with Houston, Atlanta and Seattle.

Humdrum portrait pic on a card in humdrum condition. Oh well. I'm going to post a really nice picture of Busby from the Hy Peskin collection

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link to the Hy Peskin collection!