A Couple of Jims, Part II

Jim Maloney had a dream season in 1960. He had been assigned to Nashville where his manager was Jim Turner, former pitching coach for the New York Yankees.

On May 29th he tossed a two-hitter against Shreveport in Nashville’s 9-2 win in the opener of a double header. He struck out 14 batters to bring his season total to 82 in 86 innings. On June 15th he pitched Nashville to a 6-4 victory in Birmingham, holding the Barons to eight hits while striking out ten. Another bonus baby, catcher John Edwards, sealed the win with a three-run homer.

Maloney_RedsOn June 19th Maloney failed to finish for only the fourth time in fifteen starts by being lifted in the sixth inning, but his team still wins over Atlanta 3-0. On June 28th, the twenty-year-old struck out fourteen Lookouts as Nashville beat Chattanooga at Engle Stadium 3-1. Maloney allowed only seven hits.

Through all Southern Association games of July 5th, Maloney was 12-4 and led the Southern Association in innings pitched with 134. His 2.88 ERA is only good for fifth place, however, as he trailed Nischwitz of Birmingham (1.93), Richert, Atlanta (2.60), Ready, Little Rock (2.61), and Allen, Mobile (2.80). Maloney’s 142 strikeouts put him in second place behind Atlanta’s Pete Richert who has 155.

Maloney brought his record to 13-5 on July 12th by pitching a two-hit masterpiece as Nashville won over Shreveport 7-0, and five days later on the 17th in first game of a double header, he scattered six hits to win his fourteenth game against five losses in winning over Little Rock at Sulphur Dell.

Jim Turner RedsIn his farewell appearance in a Nashville uniform on July 22nd, Maloney limits Little Rock to three hits in six innings but the game is called in the seventh due to rain with the score 0-0. Maloney had been called up to the Cincinnati Reds and will join the major league club on July 25th in Chicago.

Jim Maloney ended his Nashville Vols career with a 14-5 record with 164 strikeouts in 161 innings, and a 2.84 ERA.

At the end of the 1960 season Jim Turner resigned his position with Nashville. He was signed as pitching coach of the Cincinnati Reds, a position he held from 1961 through the 1965 season. One of the members of Turner’s pitching staff would be Jim Maloney.

In his 5 seasons under Turner’s tutelage in Cincinnati, Maloney had a 73-40 record.

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