Jim Bolger (baseball)

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Jim Bolger
Jim Bolger 1961.jpg
Born: (1932-02-23) February 23, 1932 (age 87)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 24, 1950, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 18, 1959, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.229
Home runs6
Runs batted in48
Fielding percentage.961

James Cyril Bolger (born February 23, 1932) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He appeared in 312 games, over all or parts of seven Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons, but spent over two-thirds of his big-league playing time — 260 games — as a member the Chicago Cubs. Bolger had short stints with the Cincinnati Reds (nine games), Cleveland Indians (eight), and Philadelphia Phillies (35 games). His MLB totals included 140 hits, 14 doubles, six triples, and six home runs, with a career batting average of .229. Bolger threw and batted right-handed. During his playing days, he stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 180 pounds (82 kg).

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bolger attended Xavier University. He began his pro career with the 1950 Reds, also playing Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in their farm system.

On October 14, 1951, Bolger was traded by the Cincinnati Redlegs to Buffalo for pitchers Moe Savransky and Tom Acker.[1]

Bolger's best MLB season came in 1957. He spent the full season with the Cubs as their fourth outfielder, appeared in 112 games (starting 57, including two starts as a third baseman), and batted a career-high .275, in 273 at-bats. The previous year, Bolger had been named a Pacific Coast League (PCL) all-star, after he batted .326, with 147 runs batted in, 193 hits, and 28 home runs, as a member of the Los Angeles Angels.

Bolger's 13-year professional career ended in 1962, after he batted .319 for the Triple-A Louisville Colonels.


  1. ^ "Moe Savransky Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com.

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