Fielder Jones

Fielder Allison Jones (August 13, 1871 – March 13, 1934) was an American center fielder and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). He was best known as the player-manager of the World Series champion 1906 Chicago White Sox, a team who succeeded in spite of such poor offense that they were known as the "Hitless Wonders".

Fielder Jones
Jones in 1914
Center fielder / Manager
Born: (1871-08-13)August 13, 1871
Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: March 13, 1934(1934-03-13) (aged 62)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1896, for the Brooklyn Bridegrooms
Last MLB appearance
September 1, 1915, for the St. Louis Terriers
MLB statistics
Batting average.285
Home runs21
Runs batted in631
Managerial record683–582
Winning %.540
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Early life

Born in Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania to a father who owned a general store, Jones learned to play baseball at his preparatory school at Alfred University.[1] As a young man, Jones worked as a surveyor with his brother and ventured to the Pacific Northwest by 1891.[1]

Playing career

Jones entered professional baseball playing as an outfielder and catcher for Portland in the Oregon State League in 1891 or 1893, depending on the source.[2][1] He played minor league ball in Binghamton, New York and Springfield Massachusetts, where he was an accomplished hitter.[1]

Jones's major league playing career began with the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in 1896. In 1901, he joined the Chicago White Sox in the new American League. Jones managed the "Hitless Wonders" in the 1906 World Series, which was the White Sox' first World Series win. Playing in that World Series, he hit only .143 (3-for-21) but scored 4 runs and stole 3 bases. That year, the White Sox had a team batting average of only .230.[3]

Jones was head coach for the Oregon State Beavers baseball team in 1910, going 13–4–1 and winning the Northwest championship.[4] Six years after his last game with the White Sox, he joined the St. Louis Terriers of the newly formed Federal League, where he served as a player-manager before the league folded. He had one last stint as a manager with the St. Louis Browns, but his earlier success with the White Sox eluded him, as his St. Louis teams never finished above fifth place.

In 1,788 major-league games over 15 seasons, Jones posted a .285 batting average (1,920-for-6,747) with 1,180 runs, 206 doubles, 75 triples, 21 home runs, 631 RBI, 359 stolen bases, 817 bases on balls, .368 on-base percentage and .347 slugging percentage. He finished his career with a .962 fielding percentage.

Later life

Jones died of heart disease in Portland, Oregon, at age 62.[5]

Managerial record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
GamesWonLostWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
CWS1904 1136647.5843rd in AL
CWS1905 1529260.6052nd in AL
CWS1906 1519358.6161st in AL42.667Won World Series (CHC)
CWS1907 1518764.5763rd in AL
CWS1908 1528864.5793rd in AL
CWS total719426293.59242.667
SLT1914 381226.3168th in FL
SLT1915 1548767.5652nd in FL
SLT total1929993.51600
SLB1916 1547975.5135th in AL
SLB1917 1545797.3707th in AL
SLB1918 462224.478fired
SLB total354158196.44600

See also


  1. Larson, David. "Fielder Jones". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  2. "Fielder Jones, famous pilot of "Hitless Wonders" of 1906, dies". The Bulletin. United Press. March 14, 1934. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  3. Adomites, Paul; et al. (eds.) (2007). The Love of Baseball. Lincolnwood, Illinois: Publications International, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-4127-1131-9.
  4. Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  5. "Baseball immortal, Fielder Jones dies". Ludington Daily News. Associated Press. March 14, 1934. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
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