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Jim (Mudcat)

Jim "Mudcat" Grant enjoyed a successful 14 year career in Major League Baseball. In 1964 he joined the Twins and quickly became a key member of a solid starting rotation that would lead the Twins to their first postseason appearance as American League Champions in 1965. Cat was the first African-American to win 20 games in the minor leagues and the first American League African-American Pitcher to win a World Series game. In 1965 he led the American league in wins with his only twenty win season by going 21-7 for the Twins. He pitched his way to a win in Game 1 of the World Series, beating Don Drysdale and the Dodgers, 8-2. In a must win Game 6 situation, Jim locked up against the Dodger's Claude Osteen. The Twins rode "Cat's" right arm to a 5 to 1 win in a game that also featured a three run homer by Jim, the first by a pitcher in a World Series Game since 1923. He finished his career with 144 wins and a lifetime ERA of 3.63.

Throws: Right
Bats: Right
Born: August 13, 1935 - Land 'O Lakes, Florida
Major League Teams:
Cleveland Indians (1958-1964)
Minnesota Twins (1964-1967)
Los Angeles Dodgers (1968)
Montreal Expos (1969)
St. Louis Cardinals (1970)
Oakland Athletics (1970 & 1971)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1970 & 1971)

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