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Jim Ray Hart

Jim Ray Hart
Third baseman / Left fielder
Born: (1941-10-30) October 30, 1941
Hookerton, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 1963, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 27, 1974, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average .278
Home runs 170
Runs batted in 578
Teams
Career highlights and awards

James "Jim" Ray Hart (born October 30, 1941) is a retired third baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for the National League's San Francisco Giants from 1963 to 1973 and the American League's New York Yankees in 1973 and 1974. Hart batted and threw right-handed. In a 12-season career, Hart posted a .278 batting average, with 170 home runs and 578 runs batted in (RBIs) in 1,125 Major League games played.

Highlights

Hart had some notable achievements in baseball, including: tying for second with Rico Carty in NL Rookie of the Year award voting in 1964 (they both finished behind Dick Allen); playing in the All-Star game for the National League in 1966; being named NL Player of the Month in July 1967 (.355, 13 HR, 30 RBI); and hitting for the cycle on July 8, 1970. That same day, he also became one of a select few players to have six RBIs in one inning. He did this by hitting a three-run triple and a three-run home run in the fifth inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves.

However, Hart had a reputation as a poor defensive player at third base. He finished second, first and second among National League third basemen in errors in his first three full seasons in the majors (1964-'66), never again playing as many as 90 games at third in a season after that. In The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, Bill James ranked Hart as the 74th-best third baseman of all time, writing about him, "A better hitter than 59 of the 73 men listed ahead of him at third base. This should tell you all you need to know about his defense."

Following his release from the major

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