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Jim Obradovich

September 13th, 1949 - March 3rd, 2012

James Thomas Obradovich (September 13, 1949 – March 3, 2012) was an American professional baseball player who appeared in ten Major League games for the Houston Astros in September of 1978, mostly as a pinch hitter, but also as a first baseman. He threw and batted left-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and weighed 200 pounds (91 kg). After spending the 1979 season at Charleston, he spent the next three seasons in the Mexican League before retiring.

Jim Owens

January 16th, 1934 - September 8th, 2020

James Philip Owens (January 16, 1934 – September 8, 2020), nicknamed "Bear", was an American professional baseball right-handed pitcher and pitching coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1955 and 1967 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Colt .45s / Astros. He appeared in 286 big league games. During his playing days, Owens stood 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg).

Jim Pankovits

born August 6th, 1955

James Franklin Pankovits (born August 6, 1955 in Pennington Gap, Virginia) is an American professional baseball coach, a former Major League Baseball infielder and minor league manager. In MLB, he appeared in 318 games played, 316 of them with the Houston Astros. Pankovits was a manager in the minor leagues for 17 years, most recently in 2019 with the Lynchburg Hillcats, the High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Jim Panther

born March 1st, 1945

James Edward Panther (born March 1, 1945) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a right-handed pitcher from 1971 to 1973, for the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and the Atlanta Braves. Panther spent his college career at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity. His career record in the major leagues was 7-13, with a 5.26 ERA.

Jim Parker (American football)

born April 3rd, 1934

James Thomas Parker was an American professional football player who an offensive tackle and guard for the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played from 1957 to 1967, and was a member of Baltimore's NFL championship teams in 1958 and 1959. He was selected as a first-team All-Pro in nine of his 11 seasons in the NFL. Parker was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1973.

Jim Parsons

born March 24th, 1973

James Joseph Parsons is an American actor. From 2007 to 2019, he played Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has received various awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 2018, Forbes estimated his annual salary to be $26.5 million and named him the world's highest-paid television actor.

Jim Pendleton

January 7th, 1924 - March 20th, 1996

James Edward Pendleton (January 7, 1924 — March 20, 1996) was an American professional baseball player, an outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1953 and 1962. He played for the Milwaukee Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Colt .45s. Before appearing in MLB, he was a Negro league player. He was a right-handed batter and thrower, measured 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).

Jim Plunkett

born December 5th, 1947

James William Plunkett (born December 5, 1947) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons. He achieved his greatest professional success during his final eight seasons with the Raiders franchise, whom he led to two Super Bowl titles.

Jim Poole

born April 28th, 1966

James Richard Poole (born April 28, 1966) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) who was a relief pitcher from 1990 through 2000. He is most notable for having appeared in the 1995 World Series with the Cleveland Indians. Poole pitched for the Georgia Tech baseball team from 1985–1988, and attended La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. In 2021, Poole was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Jim Ray

December 1st, 1944 - May 26th, 2005

James Francis Ray (December 1, 1944 – May 26, 2005) was an American right-handed professional baseball pitcher, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1965–1966 and 1968–1974 for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers. Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, he attended Holly High School in Holly, Michigan, and was signed by the Baltimore Orioles in 1963. For his career, Ray appeared in 308 Major League games, all but 20 in relief, and notched 25 saves. Although Ray died on May 26, 2005 in Margate, Florida.

Jim Ray Smith

born February 27th, 1932

James Ray Smith (born February 27, 1932) is a former American football offensive guard who played nine seasons in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Baylor University.

Jim Rhodes

died March 4th, 2001

James Allen Rhodes was an American attorney and Republican politician who served as the 61st and 63rd Governor of Ohio from 1963 to 1971 and from 1975 to 1983. Rhodes was one of only seven U.S. governors to serve four four-year terms in office. Rhodes is tied for the sixth-longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,840 days. He also served as Mayor of Columbus from 1944 to 1952 and Ohio State Auditor from 1953 to 1963.

Jim Rice

born March 8th, 1953

James Edward Rice is an American former professional baseball left fielder and designated hitter who played in Major League Baseball (MLB). Rice played his entire 16-year MLB career for the Boston Red Sox. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jim Riley

born July 6th, 1945

James Glen Riley (born July 6, 1945) is a former American football defensive end who played professionally for the Miami Dolphins in the American Football League and in the National Football League. Riley played college football at the University of Oklahoma. He started in Super Bowl VI.

Jim Risch

born May 3rd, 1943

James Elroy Risch is an American lawyer and politician who has served as the junior United States senator from Idaho since 2009. A member of the Republican Party, he served as lieutenant governor of Idaho under governors Dirk Kempthorne and Butch Otter. He also served from May 2006 to January 2007 as the 31st governor of Idaho.

Jim Roberts (ice hockey, born 1940)

born April 9th, 1940

James Wilfred Roberts, known as Jim Roberts or Jimmy Roberts, was a Canadian ice hockey defenceman and forward.

Jim Roland

December 14th, 1942 - March 6th, 2010

James Ivan Roland (December 14, 1942 – March 6, 2010) was an American professional baseball relief pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers. In a 10-year career, Roland went 19–17 with a 3.22 ERA and nine saves in 216 pitching appearances, including 29 starts, six complete games and one shutout, giving up 185 runs (161 earned) on 357 hits, while striking out 272 and walking 229 in 450+1⁄3 innings of work. In four minor league seasons, he had a 32–42 record with a 3.48 ERA in 111 games.

Jim Ross

born January 3rd, 1952

James William Ross is an American professional wrestling commentator. He is currently signed with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) as a color commentator on Collision, analyst, and senior advisor. Ross is best known for a long and distinguished career as a play-by-play commentator for the WWE. He is known affectionately as JR or Good Ol' JR. Ross has been labeled as one of the greatest wrestling commentators of all time.

Jim Ryun

born April 29th, 1947

James Ronald Ryun is an American former Republican politician and Olympic track and field athlete, who at his peak was widely considered the world's top middle-distance runner. He won a silver medal in the 1500 m at the 1968 Summer Olympics, and was the first high school athlete to run a mile in under four minutes. He is the last American to hold the world record in the mile run. Ryun later served in the United States House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007, representing Kansas's 2nd congressional district.

Jim Schwantz

born January 23rd, 1970

James William Schwantz (born January 23, 1970) is an American politician currently serving as the Mayor of Palatine, Illinois. He is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, and San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at Purdue University.

Jim Shellenback

born November 18th, 1943

James Philip Shellenback (born November 18, 1943) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and coach. He appeared in 165 Major League games for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1966–1967; 1969), Washington Senators/Texas Rangers (1969–1974) and Minnesota Twins (1977). The 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 200 lb (91 kg) Shellenback threw and batted left-handed. He is the nephew of the late Frank Shellenback, also a former MLB pitcher and coach.

Jim Sheridan

born February 6th, 1949

Jim Sheridan is an Irish playwright and filmmaker. Between 1989 and 1993, Sheridan directed three critically acclaimed films set in Ireland, My Left Foot (1989), The Field (1990), and In the Name of the Father (1993), and later directed the films The Boxer (1997), In America (2003), and Brothers (2009). Sheridan received six Academy Award nominations.

Jim Sherwood

died December 25th, 2011

Jim "Motorhead" Sherwood was an American rock musician notable for playing soprano, tenor and baritone saxophone, tambourine, vocals and vocal sound effects in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. He appeared on all the albums of the original Mothers line-up and the 'posthumous' releases Burnt Weeny Sandwich and Weasels Ripped My Flesh, as well as certain subsequent Zappa albums. He also appeared in the films 200 Motels, Video from Hell and Uncle Meat.

Jim Simons (golfer)

born May 15th, 1950

James Bradley Simons was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1970s and 1980s.

Jim Simpson (sportscaster)

born December 20th, 1927

James Shores Simpson was an American sportscaster, known for his smooth delivery as a play-by-play man and his versatility in covering many different sports. In 1997, he won the Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2000 he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.

Jim Smith (bassist)

born April 14th, 1958

James A. Smith is an English musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the rock band Cardiacs which he formed with his brother Tim Smith. Along with performing backing vocals for the group, he co-wrote the hymn "The Alphabet Business Concern ", sang lead vocals on "Food on the Wall" live.

Jim Spencer

July 30th, 1947 - February 10th, 2002

James Lloyd Spencer (July 30, 1947 – February 10, 2002) was a Major League Baseball first baseman. Born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, the left-handed Spencer was recognized for his excellent fielding ability, but also served in later years as a designated hitter.

Jim Spivey

born March 7th, 1960

James Calvin Spivey is a former American middle-distance runner and Olympian. Spivey took up competitive running in Illinois where he became one of the best high school runners from his state. He was the 1982 NCAA DI men's 1500-meter champion with Indiana University. Spivey enjoyed a long Olympic career, in which he participated in the Olympic Summer Games in 1984, 1992, and 1996.

Jim Stafford

born January 16th, 1944

James Wayne Stafford is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comedian. While prominent in the 1970s for his recordings "Spiders & Snakes", "Swamp Witch", "Under the Scotsman's Kilt", "My Girl Bill", and "Wildwood Weed", Stafford headlined at his own theater in Branson, Missouri, from 1990 to 2020. Stafford is self-taught on guitar, fiddle, piano, banjo, organ, and harmonica.

Jim Steffen

died April 23rd, 2015

James William Steffen was an American football defensive back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1959 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jim Steinman

died April 19th, 2021

James Richard Steinman was an American composer, lyricist and record producer. He also worked as an arranger, pianist, and singer. His work included songs in the adult contemporary, rock, dance, pop, musical theater, and film score genres. He wrote songs for Bonnie Tyler and Meat Loaf, including Bat Out of Hell, and also wrote and produced Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell and Tyler's Faster Than the Speed of Night.

Jim Stuckey

born June 21st, 1958

James Davis Stuckey (born June 21, 1958) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1980s. Stuckey played college football for Clemson University, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick in the 1980 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets of the NFL. Stuckey attended Clemson University, and played for the Clemson Tigers football team from 1976 to 1979. As a senior in 1979, he earned consensus first-team All-American honors.
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