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This Date in Washington Senators History
James Dennison Sebring B Mar. 22, 1882 D Dec. 22, 1909
Outfielder Jimmy Sebring spent 5 years in the major leagues and is another one of those players who added a footnote to his career record with a solitary appearance with the Washington Senators at the end of his playing days.
Sebring would first come to the majors in early September of 1902 as an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Playing in 19 games, Sebring would hit .325 in 80 AB.
Playing his first full season with the Pirates in 1903, Sebring would appear in 124 games, hitting .277. Sebring would distinguish himself in the inaugural World Series by collecting 10 hits, including the first home run ever hit in World Series play, as the Pirates lost to the Boston Red Sox in 8 games.
Sebring would start the 1904 season in Pittsburgh, appearing in 80 games, before he was part of a 3 team trade, being sent to the Cincinnati Reds, where he’d finsih the season appearing in 56 games.
Sebring would be with the Reds in 1905 but would only appear in 58 games.
Sebring was traded to the Chicago Cubs after the season but never reported-an ailing wife required that Sebring stay close to his Williamsport, PA home-so he left the major leagues to play in the outlaw Tri-State League for the hometown Williamsport team.
Sebring would return to the major leagues in 1909 with the National League Brooklyn franchise, then known as the Superbas. Sebring would only play in 25 games for Brooklyn, his hitting suffered from the long layoff from the majors, and he was only 8 for 81 (A .099 BA.) when he was released by Brooklyn in late June.
Sebring would sign on with the Senators but would only appear in 1 game in early August, not making a plate appearance.
Tragically, Sebring would die the following December from Brights disease (A kidney ailment.) at the age of 27.