- 2B, LF, OF, RF, CF, 3B, 1B
- October 17, 1928
- 5' 10"
- 175 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-14-1953 with BRO
- Allstar Selections:
- 1953 ROOK
Soft-spoken Jim Gilliam succeeded Jackie Robinson at second base in 1953, which kicked off a 14-year career soent entirely with the Dodgers. The switch-hitter was named Rookie of the Year, scoring 125 runs and drawing 100 walks as the Dodgers won their second straight pennant. He slugged two homers, one from each side of the plate, in the World Series that fall. Gilliam's versatility prompted his move to third and the outfield, but he continued to be a valuable member of the Dodgers wherever he played. In his 14 seasons as a player, his teams won seven pennants, and in 12 years as a coach, Gilliam was on three more pennant winners.
The Dodgers retired Gilliam's #19 after his sudden death from a brain hemorrhage in 1978.
Gilliam retired twice to become the Dodgers third base coach, but jumped back into the lineup when the season started and contributed greatly. Finally, when he was done, he was replaced by a few utlity guys who filled his 200-350 at-bats that were split between third, second, and the outfield.
NL Rookie of the Year voting: Jim Gilliam (11 votes), Harvey Haddix (4), Ray Jablonski (3), Bill Bruton (2), Rip Repulski (2), Fred Baczewski (1), Jim Greengrass (1)
Jim Gilliam scored at least 100 runs in each of his first four big league seasons.
Over his 14-year career, Jim Gilliam averaged 86 walks and just 34 strikeouts per season.
Ability to draw walks.
He showed some bad judgment on the basepaths, but that's nitpicking.
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