Card #35 - Jim Goodwin
The 1948 White Sox finished forty-four and a half games out of first place. 101 games in the loss column was good enough for last place. It was also the first season for GM Frank Lane, who would make 241 trades in the course of seven years.
On November 10, 1947, the White Sox drafted Jim from the New York Giants. Goodwin made his MLB debut on April 24, 1948, in St. Louis, in a loss to the Browns. He started the fifth inning, giving up one hit, one walk and three runs, while also hitting a batter. Jim left the game after a third of an inning with a 81.00 ERA. This would not go down as the best start to any MLB career.
By the time his final game rolled around, on May 30, 1948, Goodwin managed to lower his ERA to a more respectable 8.71. It wasn't great, but much better than how it started out.
Jim was optioned to the minors and spent time with the AAA affiliate, the Hollywood Stars, and the AA Sox affiliate, the Memphis Chickasaws. Goodwin played for the Chickasaws until the 1950 season. After that, he fell off the radar.