James Wilson (July 23, 1900 - May 31, 1947) became a key figure in baseball lore in 1928 when he was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the S. Louis Cardinals in the middle of a game between the two teams. Wilson began his athletic career as a soccer player with the National Association Football League before leaving the pitch for the diamond in 1923. Jimmie was one of the elite catchers of the 1920s and 1930s handling pitching staffs that included Dizzy Dean, Burleigh Grimes, Dazzy Vance and Bucky Walters. The two-time All-Star selection led the National League three times in putouts and double plays and twice topped NL catchers in assists. From 1928-1931, Wilson was a member of three National League pennant-winning Cardinal teams and won the 1931 World Series over the Philadelphia Athletics in seven games. Jimmie Wilson played 18 years with the Phillies (1923-1928, 1934-1937), the Cardinals (1928-1933) and the Cincinnati Reds (1939-1940). In 1934, the Phillies reacquired Wilson to take over the helm as player manager for five seasons (1934-1938) a compiling a record of 280-477. He was a member of two more NL pennant winners in Cincinnati (1939, 1940) and backed up Hall of Famer catcher Ernie Lombardi in 1940 as the Reds took the 1940 World Series title. Jimmie Wilson retired from playing with 1,358 hits including 252 doubles, 580 runs, 621 RBI and a .284 career batting average. He managed the Chicago Cubs from 1941-1944 compiling a record of 213-258 in 474 games.