Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gordon Jones

Hello again! Physical woes continue to conspire against my putting up post more often, so we will go with an easy one today: Gordon Jones.

Jones was a journeyman pitcher who debuted with the Cardinals in 1954 with a nice partial season, a 2.00 ERA and a couple shutouts, then settled into a bullpen role for a few teams into the sixties.

Jones travels from the Orioles organization to the Athletics in 1961, and his Baseball Reference page lists just the following:

November, 1961: Purchased by the Kansas City Athletics from the Baltimore Orioles.

Not a whole lot of explanation there. We are able to find this from the Oct. 3, 1961 Eugene Register-Guard:

"The Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League have purchased right-handed pitcher Gordon Jones, 31....

....The Beavers bought his contract from Rochester of the International League."

Portland being an A's affiliate and Rochester with the Orioles.

So we can put the date of the purchase as Oct. 2 or 3, a month earlier than listed. He moves on the Oklahoma City in 1962 in another interesting deal I haven't been able to track down.

As we get moving around, more to come. Thank you!

Gordon photo lifted from www.vintagecardtraders.org


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