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James Edward Gentile (born June 3, 1934), also nicknamed "Diamond Jim", is a former professional baseball player and minor league manager. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1957–58); Baltimore Orioles (1960–63), Kansas City Athletics (1964–65), Houston Astros (1965–66) and Cleveland Indians (1966).
He languished for eight years in the minors for a Dodgers team that already had All-Star Gil Hodges at first base and Norm Larker.
Gentile was traded to Baltimore in 1960, where he was named to the 1960 All-Star Game his first full season. He enjoyed his best season in 1961, hitting a career-highs .302 batting average, 46 home runs and 141 RBI.
Gentile managed the Fort Worth Cats when they returned to baseball in 2001 and 2002. Jim also managed the 2005 Mid-Missouri Mavericks of the Frontier League.
Batting average – .260
Home runs – 179
RBI – 549
Link to all of his issued baseball cards – www.tradingcarddb.com/Person.cfm/pid/2060/col/1/yea/0/Jim…
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