Willie Edward Jones
Nickname: Puddin' Head
Born: Aug. 15, 1925 in Dillon, S.C.
Died: Oct. 18, 1983 in Cincinnati, OH
Debut: 1947 | Pos: 3B
H: 6'1" | W: 192 | B: R | T: R
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Willie Jones made his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1947. By 1949, the South Carolina native had become the team's starting third baseman. In his first full season at third, in 1949, Jones hit 19 home runs and drove in He held that position for nearly a decade.
In 1949, Jones tied a major league record when he had four straight doubles in a game. His fielding abilities were outstanding. He led the league with best fielding percentage in five years and he he led the National League in putouts at third base for seven seasons. The feat tied the record.
In 1950, Jones hit a career-high 25 home runs and was a key component of the Phillies' "Whiz Kids" that won the NL pennant. He also drove in a career-high 88 runs batted in that season.
Jones is in the all-time top 10 for the Phillies in six offensive categories. He had six grand slams while he was wearing a Phillies uniform and is second only to Mike Schmidt for the Philadelphia franchise.
Jones was an All-Star during the 1950 and 1951 seasons. In the 1950 World Series, he collected 4 hits in 14 at-bats.
He finished his career with 812 runs batted in and 190 home runs and a career .258 batting average.