Jumbo Elliott (baseball)
Born: October 22, 1900|
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: January 7, 1970 69) (aged|
Terre Haute, Indiana
|April 21, 1923, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 9, 1934, for the Boston Braves|
|Earned run average||4.24|
|Career highlights and awards|
James Thomas "Jumbo" Elliott (October 22, 1900 – January 7, 1970) was a professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher, playing in the major leagues over parts of ten seasons (1923, 1925, 1927–1934) with the St. Louis Browns, Brooklyn Robins, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Braves. He was the National League wins leader in 1931 with Philadelphia. For his major league career, he compiled a 63–74 record in 252 appearances, with a 4.24 ERA and 453 strikeouts.
He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. When he retired from baseball, he resided in Terre Haute, Indiana, the county seat of Vigo County. He first came to Terre Haute in 1922 as a pitcher for the Three-I League professional Class B minor league baseball team. Elliott was a long-time Deputy Sheriff in Vigo County and ran for Vigo County Sheriff as a Democrat in the 1968 election. His opponent was 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Clyde Lovellette, then retired from an extraordinary college and professional basketball career. The campaign earned national notoriety because both candidates were such big men (Elliott was approximately 6 ft 5 in and 250 lb, or 1.96 m and 113 kg) and sports celebrities. Lovellette won the election.
Elliott died in Terre Haute at age 69.