(October 1, 1901, in New York City – July 13, 1994, in Santa Ana, California
) (adopted by the name of Hyam Soloman
; birth name variously given as Hymie Soloman
, Herman Soloman, James Herman Soloman
, and James Hymie Soloman
) was a Major League Baseball second baseman
, third baseman
, and coach
In order to avoid the brunt of prejudice
baseball players during that era, Soloman – who was Jewish -- adopted the name of Jimmie Reese, which he used throughout his baseball career.
Although Reese was born in New York City, he grew up in Los Angeles.
Much of his career was spent in the Pacific Coast League
, beginning as a batboy
with the Los Angeles Angels
from 1919 (at least one source claims 1917
In 1924 he signed a contract to play second base
with the Oakland Oaks
In 1927, Reese batted .295 in 191 games and led the PCL in fielding for second basemen (.984), as the Oaks won their first pennant in 15 years.
New York Yankees
In September 1927 he was traded... Read More