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Jim Gentile Baseball

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James Edward Gentile (born June 3, 1934), also nicknamed "Diamond Jim", is an American former professional baseball first baseman. On September 24, 1957, Gentile started at first base for the Dodgers at Brooklyn's famed Ebbets Field in the final game played there. Gentile was traded to Baltimore in 1960, where he was named to the 1960 All-Star Game his first full season. He enjoyed his best season in 1961, hitting career highs of .302 batting average, 46 home runs, 141 runs batted in (see below), 96 runs, 147 hits, 25 doubles, 96 walks, .423 on-base percentage, .646 slugging average and 1.069 OPS. He finished third in the MVP ballot (behind Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris). In addition, Gentile hit five grand slams in a season - (including two straight in one game)- setting an American League record that stood until Don Mattingly belted six in 1987.
Gentile's 141 RBI in 1961 was second only to Roger Maris' 142 RBI, however, analysis by Retrosheet determined Maris was incorrectly credited with an RBI in a game on July 5, 1961. Maris reached base on an error by numerous accounts. Therefore, Gentile and Maris both had 141 RBI in 1961. Gentile's contract with the Orioles in 1961 called for a $5,000 bonus if he led the league in RBI. The Orioles made good on that deal 50 years later and presented Gentile with a check for $5,000 at a game in 2010.

Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers (1957-1958)
Baltimore Orioles (1960-1963)
Kansas City Athletics (1964-1965)
Houston Astros (1965-1966)
Cleveland Indians (1966)

Sent him a card and a photo on 19 Apr and got them back signed on 28 May. On the photo he signed it Diamond Jim Gentile.

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Re: Jim Gentile Baseball

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