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Mooney, James Irving, 1906-1979



  • Existence: 1906 - 1979


James I. "Jim" Mooney was born in 1906 in Mooresburg, Tennessee.He was a long-time faculty member and baseball coach at East Tennessee State University, serving from 1939-1974 with service leave during World War II. During the war, Mooney was a lieutenant commander in the U. S. Navy, where he commanded an L.S.T. (Landing Ship Tank) and saw action in the Phillippines and Okinawa. Between 1931 and 1934, he was a professional baseball player, pitching for the New York Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals. At St. Louis, he was a member of the famed "Gas House Gang" and won a game in the 1934 World Series against the Detroit Tigers. Mooney died in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1979.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Jim Mooney Letters

 Collection — Box H (Small Collections)
Identifier: AppMs-0470
Scope and Contents

The Jim Mooney Letters consist of photocopies of 35 letters Mooney wrote to his brother Charles, mostly while he was serving in the United States Navy during World War II. The letters describe military life both in training and while at sea in the Pacific theater. Three letters written to his brother before the war discuss Mooney's baseball career and interests.

Dates: 1931-1946