May 25, 1932|
Max Meadows, Virginia
September 9, 2019 (aged 87)|
Tarpon Springs, Florida
James William Archer (May 25, 1932 – September 9, 2019) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for two seasons with the Kansas City Athletics. He threw left-handed and batted right.
Archer was eighteen years old when he was signed as an amateur free agent in 1951 by the New York Yankees. He did not make the major leagues till 1961. In between Archer spent seven years in the minor league farm systems of the Baltimore Orioles.
Before the 1961 season began, Archer was part of an eight-player trade that brought him to Kansas City. Archer made his first major league appearance on April 30. He soon became a starting pitcher for Kansas City and finished the 1961 season with a record of 9–15 with a 3.20 Earned Run Average.
Archer pulled a leg muscle in spring training the next year. Favoring the leg, he soon developed tendinitis in his throwing arm. He appeared in just 18 games for Kansas City in 1962. By 1964 Archer was out of professional baseball.
- "Jim Archer a voice of integrity for Tarpon Springs High football". September 10, 2009. http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/jim-archer-a-voice-of-integrity-for-tarpon-springs-high-football/1034939. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- Hayes, Tim. "MLB: Wythe County native, former Kansas City A's pitcher Jim Archer died on Monday". https://www.heraldcourier.com/sports/mlb-wythe-county-native-former-kansas-city-a-s-pitcher/article_03bbb320-d679-11e9-a6df-272d8a45b9f8.html. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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