Jimmy Reynolds

James E. Reynolds, born December 3rd, 19201 in Little Rock, AR,2 was a Negro league baseball player in 1940-1946.


Reynolds was the son of Willie Reynolds and Annie Lee (nee Jones) Reynolds.3 He grew up in Little Rock, AR.

Reynolds was a small, switch-hitting infielder who briefly appeared with the Toledo-Indianapolis Crawford in early 1940.4 During World War II, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army.5 After the war, he was signed by the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro American League. Before the start of the 1946 season, Cleveland sold Reynolds to the Birmingham Black Barons, where he played out the season in the NAL.6

Reynolds died on March 2nd, 1986 in Little Rock, AR.7 8 He was buried in Little Rock National Cemetery.


"James Reynolds, switch-hitting infielder has also been added to the club. He was obtained in a cash deal from the Cleveland Buckeyes. He started pro baseball in his native Little Rock, and he has kept his eye on the ball by playing with Army team. He's a third sacker, but can be used anywhere on the infield."9

"“James Reynolds, former infielder for the Memphis Red Sox and the Birmingham Black Barons, manages the John Tucker Furniture Legion team in the South End Boys Club League."10


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

Statistics at the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database.
1 Social Security Death Index. Reynolds' WWII draft card gives his birth date as June 3rd, 1917. However, the birth date given in his Social Security Death Index record match better with Reynolds' age in census records.
2 Reynold's WWII draft card.
4 Chicago Defender, 3/30/1940; Miami News, 4/1/1940
5 Reynolds' military marker in Little Rock National Cemetery.
8 Reynolds' obituary, Arkansas Gazette, 3/4/1986, p.8A
10 Arkansas Gazette, 7/1/1956, p.4b