James Jim Raymond Greengrass  October 24 1927  September 9 2019 (age 91)

James Jim Raymond Greengrass October 24 1927 September 9 2019 (age 91)

October 24 1927 September 9 2019 (age 91)
James (Jim) Raymond Greengrass, beloved father and Community Leader, went to his Heavenly Home on 09/09/19. He attended Addison High School and played basketball and baseball until he signed a baseball contract with the Binghamton, NY minor league club in the New York Yankees organization. He would later finish his high school education as a promise to his mother. Out of Binghamton he moved up to Triple A Beaumont, TX, where he was an all-star left fielder. The US Army during WW II claimed him for two years in Special Services, where he made the all Army team and met his “Bride” Catherine. The two returned to Beaumont and he got the call to come up to Cincinnati and become a Redleg in 1951’s mid-season player roster expansion. His first major league appearance was in ‘51, and Rogers Hornsby called on him to pinch hit with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th at Crosley Field. He promptly delivered a grand slam to beat the Milwaukee Braves 4-0. He said his feet never hit the ground. His major league career spanned 6 years, and was cut short by an injury at the old Polo Grounds Park at third base with a career ending slide into third. He went on to rehab, but after a short stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was never the same. He finished his baseball career in 1963 at Triple A in San Diego, California. Upon retiring from baseball, he moved to Atlanta, and then Marietta, GA to become an instructor on the C5A project at Lockheed that was a 17-year career, before becoming a Deputy Sheriff in Cobb County Warrant division. He climbed to the rank of Lt. Greengrass. He served 17 years on the force and retired at age 65. He and “Bride” Catherine traveled the US in a motor home, they then settled in Chatsworth, GA, on a mountain top overlooking Carters Lake in North Georgia until his death. During his lifetime Jim had done many events with children and with the Special Olympics in Ringgold, Ga. He had an Old Timer of the Year awarded to him after age 55, for a diving catch he made in old Fulton County Stadium in an Old Timers game in the mid-seventies. He delighted the fans with his play on the field, and with many speeches at charity events and card signings. He was the true meaning of and the perfect example of a professional, with a Love for the Game. Rest In Peace James Raymond Greengrass. Loved and admired by his family and everyone he touched…. For the Love of the Game. A service to celebrate the life of James (Jim) Greengrass will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. the family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 Noon until the service hour. Max Brannon and Sons is honored to serve the Greengrass family. The guest book may be signed and condolences may be shared with the family at www.maxbrannonandsons.com favorite_border Donations Pledges

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of James Jim Raymond Greengrass October 24 1927 September 9 2019 (age 91).

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3 Comments

  1. So sorry to learn of the death of Mr James ” Jimmy” Greengrass. A great man and friend our family. We were lucky to have spent many days and evenings with Jim at our home. R.I.P. Sir…

  2. God be with Mr Greengrass family, I had the honer of meeting him as a young school girl in Addison, NY he cut the ribbon of a new bridge in our home town RIP

  3. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We have missed Jim for some time now. He used to come to Addison and visit his sister Priscilla on William Street and we lived just a few houses from her. He was in the same class as my uncle Bob(Peanuts) Russ. He used to come down and sit on our front porch and talk baseball for hours. First we had a couple of neighbor kids drop in then there were a couple of more and before you knew it there 15 or more kids hounding for his autograph and he obliged them. One night when he was here I happened to know where the 1945 Reflector Yearbook that was Uncle Bob’s was and I brought it out and he was like a kid in a candy shop remembering about this guy or that girl he dated. So he says to me I have lost my old yearbook can’t find it anywhere. When I brought it out I already made my mind up that I was going to give it to him so I did. He was so thankful he said he would send some early pictures of his baseball days with the Reds autographed to my younger son Michael and so he did. We will always treasure the time and stories we had with Jim. A legend from our small little village Addison New York. My regards to all, John Russ



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