Introducing… Charlie Jamieson

When a new, livelier ball was introduced to the American League in 1920, baseball changed significantly.  Nobody personified the new game better than the great Babe Ruth but there were still some players that held on to the old, running style of game.  Charlie Jamieson was one such player.  When his peers began bashing balls over the fence, Jamieson kept slapping the ball to all fields and using his legs to carry him rather than his arms.

When Charlie first came up with the Senators in 1915 it was uncertain as to what route the young left-handed Jersey native would take.  Washington used him in the outfield and on the mound in 1916 and ’17.  The Senators seemed certain that Charlie would be used in an offensive capacity but when the A’s picked him up Connie Mack kept up with the experiment of using Charlie on the mound.  When he only hit .202 in 1918, it seemed like his destiny was pitching but then he was shipped to the Indians for Braggo Roth and his career as a stick-man was underway.

Charlie’s breakout year came in 1920 when the Indians went to the World Series in their year of tragedy.  Star shortstop Ray Chapman was killed by a pitched ball and skipper Tris Speaker rallied his troops and led them to the Fall Classic.  Jamieson wielded a solid stick in the World Series, hitting Brooklyn pitching at a .333 clip. 

Charlie hit .323 during the 1922 season with a solid .388 on-base percentage.  Getting on base was an area of strength for the Jersey Comet who retired with an enviable career on-base percentage of .378.  In 1923 Charlie led the junior circuit with 222 base hits.  He topped Major League left fielders with 130 runs scored and posted an amazing on-base percentage of .422–his highwater mark.

The Cleveland left fielder led his American League position peers in hits (213)  and batting average (.359) in 1924.  With the shortened season (compared to the 162 game schedule of today) reaching 200 hits was quite an achievement.  Charlie, Ty Cobb and Sam Rice were the only three AL outfielders to reach 200 base hits during the season. 

Jamieson scored 109 runs in 1925 while drawing 72 walks compared to just 26 strikeouts.  He topped Major League left fielders with 33 doubles in 1926.  One of Jamieson’s strengths was his great strikeout-to-walk ratios.  In 1927, Charlie drew 64 walks while only striking out 14 times.  In 1929, Charlie fanned 12 times in 102 games.  He hit .301 in 1930 then lost his job as he reached his upper 30s in 1931 to a young Joe Vosmik.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,779/R 1,062/H 1,990/2B 322/3B 80/HR 18/RBI 550/BB 748/SO 345/SB 132/BA .303/SA .385

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1 comment
  1. brettkiser said:

    Jamieson’s career split the Deadball and Lively Ball Eras but his power numbers didn’t spike like other players when the lively ball was introduced. Charlie was a speed guy through and through who reached 1,000 runs scored and narrowly missed 2,000 career hits. His HOF chances are weak.

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