- Jake Jones
Infobox MLB retired
name = Jake Jones
November 23, 1920in Epps, Louisiana
December 13, 2000in Epps, Louisiana
bats = Right
throws = Right
debutyear = by|1941
Chicago White Sox
finalyear = by|1948
Boston Red Sox
stat1label = AVG
stat1value = .229
stat2label = HR
stat2value = 23
stat3label = RBI
stat3value = 117
Chicago White Sox(by|1941–by|1942, by|1946–by|1947)
Boston Red Sox(by|1947–by|1948)
* 1941 – Led
Cotton States Leaguehitters with 24 home runs
James Murrell Jones (
November 23, 1920– December 13, 2000) was a first basemanin Major League Baseballwho 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 IIveteran. He played 10 games in the American Leaguefor Chicago, in part of two seasons, before enlisting in the United States Navyright 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 Hellcatfighters.
Between November and December 1944, Jones destroyed two
Japanese A6M Zeroand 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 Leagueand 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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