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Jerry Lumpe
Jerry Lumpe 1967.jpg
Lumpe in 1967
Second baseman
Born: (1933-06-02)June 2, 1933
Lincoln, Missouri
Died: August 15, 2014(2014-08-15) (aged 81)
Springfield, Missouri
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1956, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1967, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average.268
Home runs47
Runs batted in454
Career highlights and awards

Jerry Dean Lumpe (/ˈlʌmp/ LUMP-ee;[1] June 2, 1933 – August 15, 2014) was an American professional baseball player and coach. He had a 12-season career in Major League Baseball, primarily as a second baseman, for the New York Yankees (1956–1959), Kansas City Athletics (1959–1963) and Detroit Tigers (1964–1967),[2] played in two World Series, and was selected to the 1964 American League All-Star team. Named for National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jerome "Dizzy" Dean,[3] Lumpe was born in Lincoln, Missouri. He batted left-handed, threw right-handed, and was listed as 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall and 175 pounds (79 kg).

Lumpe was raised in Warsaw, Missouri, where he graduated from high school. He signed with the Yankees as a shortstop in 1951. Lumpe and future MLB teammate Norm Siebern had been basketball players together for Missouri State University (then known as Southwest Missouri State), where they won two NAIA Championships in 1952 and 1953, although both needed to miss some tournament games to report to baseball spring training camp. Lumpe maintained strong ties to the university and died in 2014 in Springfield, Missouri, the school's home.

Playing career

Lumpe, circa 1966
Lumpe, circa 1966

New York Yankees

Lumpe rose through the Yankee farm system during the early 1950s, although he missed part of the 1953 and all of the 1954 minor league seasons while performing military service. He made the Bombers' roster for the first time in 1956, appearing in 20 games as a member of the expanded early-season 28-man squad, and the post-September-1 40-man allotment. In between, he batted .279 in 129 games at Triple-A Richmond. He then began 1957 at Richmond, batting .297 in 98 games, and was recalled to New York in July. With another young player, Bobby Richardson, installed as the club's second baseman, and Gil McDougald and Tony Kubek at shortstop, Lumpe started 21 games at third base, and appeared in 40 contests, hitting a robust .340 with 35 hits. He also appeared in three games of the 1957 World Series as the Yankees' starting third baseman in Games 3, 5 and 6. Lumpe collected four hits, all singles, in 14 at bats (including three additional appearances as a pinch hitter), and two runs batted in, but the Milwaukee Braves triumphed in seven games. In 1958, his first full year as a major leaguer, Lumpe earned a world championship ring. He appeared in 81 games, with 54 starts at third base, and hit his first three MLB home runs, as the Yankees won another American League pennant. Then, in the 1958 World Series, a rematch with the Braves, he again was the Yankees' starting third baseman in three games, including the decisive Game 7, won by New York 6–2 for the 18th title in the team's history.

Kansas City Athletics

But Lumpe could not break into the Yankees' regular lineup. In 1959, again beginning the season as a utility infielder, he was hitting only .222 in 18 games when he was traded to the second-division Kansas City Athletics on May 26 with pitchers Johnny Kucks and Tom Sturdivant for outfielder Héctor López and pitcher Ralph Terry. Lumpe started 54 games as Kansas City's second baseman and 47 as their shortstop, although he still showed rust at the plate, hitting only .243 with the Athletics in 108 games. In 1960, Lumpe's first year as a starting second baseman, he began to find his stride. He raised his batting average to .271 and led his club in hits with 156. His best two offensive seasons came in 1961 and 1962, as he held down the right side of the Kansas City infield with first baseman Siebern, his teammate in college and with the Yankees. In 1961, Lumpe batted .293 with 167 hits, including nine triples, second in the American League. Then, in 1962, he batted .301, with ten homers and 83 RBI. He was second the league in hits with 193, second again in triples (ten), fifth in doubles (34) and eighth in batting average. All were personal bests, and Lumpe finished 25th in voting for the Junior Circuit's MVP race.

Detroit Tigers

After a solid 1963 campaign with Kansas City, when he batted .271 in 157 games, he was traded in one of the off-season's highest-profile transactions, packaged with pitchers Dave Wickersham and Ed Rakow to the Detroit Tigers on November 18, 1963, for slugger Rocky Colavito, pitcher Bob Anderson and $50,000. The lowly Athletics were making room for young second baseman Dick Green, who would be a fixture on the Oakland Athletics' early 1970s dynasty. Lumpe, in turn, became the first-string second baseman for the first-division Tigers, playing alongside shortstop Dick McAuliffe. He started 156 games in 1964, leading all American League second basemen, and was named to the 1964 AL All-Star team as a reserve behind his former Yankee teammate Richardson. Lumpe did not appear in the July 7 contest at Shea Stadium, won by the National League on Johnny Callison's walk-off home run. Lumpe also was a regular for the Tigers in both 1965 and 1966, although his offensive production began to fall off as he approached his mid thirties. In 1967, the year of a feverish, four-team pennant race featuring the Tigers, McAuliffe moved over from shortstop to become the club's second baseman, and Lumpe hit .232 in 81 contests, with only 59 appearances in the field. He started the final game of the year on October 1 in the second game of a doubleheader against the California Angels; the Tigers needed to win to clinch a tie for the pennant with the Boston Red Sox. He singled in his only at bat before being replaced by Dick Tracewski in the third inning. Detroit dropped the game, 8–5, handing the championship to the Red Sox.[4] Lumpe retired as an active player upon his unconditional release 19 days later.

Career statistics

In 12 MLB seasons, Jerry Lumpe played in 1,371 games and had 4,912 at bats. He scored 620 runs with 1,314 hits, 190 doubles, 52 triples, 47 home runs, 454 RBI, 20 stolen bases, 428 walks, and a .268 average, .325 on-base percentage, .356 slugging percentage, 1,749 total bases, 57 sacrifice hits, 36 sacrifice flies and 21 intentional walks. Defensively, he recorded a .980 fielding percentage playing at second and third base and shortstop. In 12 World Series games (1957–1958), Lumpe collected six hits, all singles, in 26 at bats (.231), with two runs batted in. In the field, at third base, he handled 15 total chances without committing an error.

Lumpe returned to the game for one season, 1971, as the first-base coach of the Oakland Athletics on the staff of his former Kansas City teammate Dick Williams. The 1971 Athletics won the American League West Division championship on the strength of 101 regular-season victories, but dropped the 1971 ALCS to the Baltimore Orioles in three straight games. Lumpe then stepped down from the Oakland coaching staff, ending his MLB career. After leaving baseball, he worked in banking and insurance.[3]


  1. ^ Detroit Tigers 1964 Press-TV-Radio Guide (pronunciations on page 24). Retrieved June 7, 2020
  2. ^ "Former big-leaguer Jerry Lumpe dies at 81". 2014-03-19. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  3. ^ a b Obituary of Jerry Dean Lumpe Sr., from
  4. ^ Retrosheet box score: 1967-10-01 (2)

External links

Preceded by
Charley Lau
Oakland Athletics first base coach
Succeeded by
Jerry Adair
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