Jake Jones

Jake Jones

Infobox MLB retired
name = Jake Jones
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position = First base
birthdate = November 23, 1920 in Epps, Louisiana
deathdate = December 13, 2000 in Epps, Louisiana
bats = Right
throws = Right
debutdate = September 20
debutyear = by|1941
debutteam = Chicago White Sox
finaldate = September 19
finalyear = by|1948
finalteam = Boston Red Sox
stat1label = AVG
stat1value = .229
stat2label = HR
stat2value = 23
stat3label = RBI
stat3value = 117
teams =
*Chicago White Sox (by|1941by|1942, by|1946by|1947)
*Boston Red Sox (by|1947by|1948)
highlights =
* 1941 – Led Cotton States League hitters with 24 home runs

James Murrell Jones (November 23, 1920December 13, 2000) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played between by|1941 and by|1948 for the Chicago White Sox (1941–42, 1946–47) and Boston Red Sox (1947–48). Listed at 6'3", 197 lb., Jones batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Epps, Louisiana.


Jones was a highly decorated World War II veteran. He played 10 games in the American League for Chicago, in part of two seasons, before enlisting in the United States Navy right after Pearl Harbor attack. He joined the service on June 30, 1942, becoming an aviator. In November 1943 he was assigned to the unit on the USS Yorktown (CV-10), flying Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters.

Between November and December 1944, Jones destroyed two Japanese A6M Zero and damaged one of them. On February 1, 1945, he shot down another three Zeroes while serving on a mission at northeast of Tokio, to give him five confirmed victories. A day later, he annihilated other Zero and a Nakajima Ki-43. Then, on February 25 he received a half-share of a probable Ki-43.

For his heroic action, Jones was awarded the Silver Star, two Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals.

Following his service descharge, Jones returned to play for Chicago in 1946. During the 1947 midseason he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Rudy York, batting a combined .237 with 19 home runs and 96 RBI that season. He hit .200 in 36 games for Boston in 1948, his last major league season, and finished his baseball career in 1949, dividing his playing time between the Texas League and American Association.

Jones died in his homeland of Epps, Louisiana at age 80.



* [http://www.baseballinwartime.co.uk/ Baseball in Wartime]
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Jake_Jones Baseball Reference]
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Jake_Jones BR Bullpen]

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