Jimmie Reese

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Jimmie Reese (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 against Jewish 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.

Playing career

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

Oakland Oaks

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...
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