Jim Odom

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Jim Odom
Born James Cecil Odom
(1921-07-16)July 16, 1921
Bennettsville, South Carolina
Died January 18, 1989(1989-01-18) (aged 67)
Bennettsville, South Carolina
Occupation Umpire
Years active 1965–1974
Employer American League

James Cecil Odom (July 16, 1921 – January 18, 1989) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1965 to 1974. Odom umpired 1,597 major league games in his 10-year career. He umpired in the 1971 World Series, two League Championship Series (1970 and 1973) and the 1968 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[1]

Minor leagues

Jim umpired for 18 years before being promoted to the major leagues. His minor league service included time in the West Texas–New Mexico League, Tobacco State League, Big State League, Sally League, Texas League and International League.[2]

Notable games

In 1971, Odom served as home plate umpire for the last game in Washington Senators history. With the Senators up by two runs in the ninth inning, Senators fans began to storm the field. With only one out needed to win the game, the crowd became uncontrollable and the game was forfeited to New York.[3]


Odom attended high school in Bennettsville, South Carolina, where he played three sports. Early in his career, Odom spent the offseason working for Young Pecan Company of Florence, South Carolina.[2]

Jim's younger brother Harvey was an umpire who worked in several minor league circuits.[2]

See also


  1. "Retrosheet". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2013-04-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Umping Brothers Eyeball Majors". The News and Courier. March 7, 1965. Retrieved June 25, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Retrosheet Boxscore: New York Yankees 5, Washington Senators 7". Retrosheet. Retrieved June 25, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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