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Thursday, August 29, 2002
Bloodworth played for '50 Phillies
Associated Press

APALACHICOLA, Fla. -- Jimmy Bloodworth, an infielder on the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies "Whiz Kids,'' has died. He was 85.

Bloodworth, a Tallahassee native who spent 11 years in the major leagues, died Aug. 17, and a funeral was held Aug. 20.

He began his career with the Washington Senators and made it to the major leagues briefly in 1937, when he was 19. He stayed up for good in 1939, and played with Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati.

In 1,002 major league games, Bloodworth had a career batting average of .248 and led AL second baseman in fielding during three seasons in the early 1940s. His best offensive numbers were in 1939, when he hit .289 in 83 games for the Senators.

Bloodworth missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons while serving in the military in World War II. He appeared in one game of the 1950 World Series for the Phillies, who were swept by the New York Yankees.

Survivors include sons Leon Bloodworth of Apalachicola, Darryl Bloodworth of Orlando and Barry Bloodworth of Virginia Beach, Va.

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