Jim Riley (ice hockey)

Jim Riley
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Born
James Norman Riley

(1895-05-25)May 25, 1895
Died May 25, 1969(1969-05-25) (aged 74)

Baseball career
Second baseman
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 3, 1921, for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
October 7, 1923, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average .000
At bats 14
Runs scored 1
Teams
Ice hockey career
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Cougars
Seattle Metropolitans
Victoria Aristocrats
Playing career 1915–1929

James Norman Riley (May 25, 1895 – May 25, 1969) was a Canadian professional ice hockey and baseball player. The only person to play in both the National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Baseball (MLB), Riley played 9 games in the NHL in 1926–27 and 6 games in MLB between 1921 and 1923. In hockey he also played eight seasons in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, a rival major league of the NHL, in a career that lased from 1915 to 1929. While in the PCHA he mainly played for the Seattle Metropolitans, and won the Stanley Cup in 1917. Riley's baseball career lasted 12 seasons from 1921 to 1932, and was mainly spent in the minor leagues.

Playing career

Born in Bayfield, New Brunswick, Riley played 17 games in the National Hockey League and 90 games in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, as a member of the Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Cougars, and Seattle Metropolitans. He won the Stanley Cup with Seattle in 1917. In 1922–23, he was named a PCHA First Team All-Star.

In addition, Riley played professional baseball for 12 seasons, from 1921 to 1932, mostly in the minor leagues. He started his career as a second baseman, and played in four games at that position for the 1921 St. Louis Browns of the American League, thus becoming the only athlete in sports history to play both Major League Baseball and in the National Hockey League.[1] After that season, he switched permanently to first base, and returned to the major leagues with the 1923 Washington Senators, playing two games with them, before resuming his career in the minors. In six major league games, he was 0-for-14.

Riley died in Seguin, Texas, the day of his 74th birthday.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1914–15 Calgary Victorias ASHL β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1915–16 Victoria Aristocrats PCHA 12 4 1 5 14 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1916–17 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 24 11 5 16 34 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1916–17 Seattle Metropolitans St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 4 0 0 0 3
1919–20 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 22 11 4 15 49 2 1 2 3 0
1919–20 Seattle Metropolitans St-Cup β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” 5 0 1 1 0
1920–21 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 24 23 5 28 20 2 0 0 0 0
1921–22 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 24 16 2 18 27 2 0 0 0 3
1922–23 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 30 23 4 27 70 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1923–24 Seattle Metropolitans PCHA 13 2 2 4 1 2 0 1 1 2
1926–27 Dallas Ice Kings Exhib β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1926–27 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 3 0 0 0 0 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1926–27 Detroit Cougars NHL 6 0 2 2 14 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1928–29 Los Angeles Richfields Cal-Pro β€” 2 2 4 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
PCHA totals 167 94 26 120 240 10 2 3 5 8
NHL totals 9 0 2 2 14 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”

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