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Jim Bluejacket

 Prominent Pekin Baseball Professional

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Competing teams in the Illinois-Missouri League when Jim joined in 1911 were the Clinton Champs, Pekin Celestials, Champaign-Urbana Velvets, Canton Chinks, the Lincoln Abes and the Taylorville Christians.  The league lasted through 1914.

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After his stint in the Illinois-Missouri League, Jim Joined the Bloomington Bloomers of the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa, or Three-I league, a Class B minor league time at that time.  Wags of that era often called it "The Three-Eye League".  Competing in the League were: The Quincy Gems, the Dubuque Dubs, the Davenport Blue Sox, Danville Speakers, the Decatur Commodores, the Springfield Watchmakers, the Bloomington Bloomers and the Peoria Distillers.

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Son Fred was also a local ball player

Improving as a ballplayer, Jim was bought by the New Your Giants, and before the season began went to the Brooklyn Tip-Tops of the short-lived Federal League, where he played in 1914 and 1915..  His success there led to  a stint with the Cincinnati Reds in 1916.

Click here for Jim's stats with the Brooklyn Tip-Tops and Cincinnatti Reds

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However, Jim wasn't a baseball player all his life. About 1929 he went to the Dutch West Indies with the Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey as a welder foreman and helped to build the largest oil refinery in the world.  He stayed with the New Jersey company until his retirement in 1944.


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Biography adapted from the Pekin Daily Times obituary March 26, 1947

Researched, collected and donated by Carole Hill Martin


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