James Tolbert Hearn
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"Big Jim" Hearn, who pitched for 13 seasons in the major leagues, died from Hodgkin's lymphoma on June 10, 1998 in Boca Grande, Fla. He was 77.
In 13 seasons in the majors, he compiled a 109-89 record with eight saves in 1703.2 innings pitched. He struck out 669 batters and posted a 3.81 ERA.
His best season came in 1951 when he was 17-9 for the Giants team that won the National League Pennant. He was the starter pitcher -- and the winner -- in game 3 of the World Series against the New York Yankees.
Hearn attracted the attention of the major leagues while he was a third baseman for Georgia Tech. He signed with the Cardinals and discovered his pitching abilities when he was playing with Columbus in 1942.
He served in World War II and returned to join the St. Louis Cardinals. In his rookie season, in 1947, he was 12-7.
In July 1950, the Phillies grabbed Hearn off waivers from the Cardinals. In October 1950, the Phillies traded him to the Giants for Stu Miller.
In 1961, he opened the Jim Hearn Golf Center and ran it until he retired in 1988.
Source: Associated Press