Jim Wohlford

Jim Wohlford
Born: (1951-02-28) February 28, 1951
Visalia, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 1972, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1986, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Batting average .260
Home runs 21
Runs batted in 305

James Eugene Wohlford (born February 28, 1951) is a retired professional baseball player. In his 15-year Major League Baseball career, he played for the Kansas City Royals (1972–76), Milwaukee Brewers (1977–79), San Francisco Giants (1980–82), and Montreal Expos (1983–86), primarily as an outfielder.

During his Major League career, he became notable for saying the line, "Ninety percent of this game is half-mental."[1][2]

Baseball career

Wohlford spent most of his career as a reserve outfielder, typically in left field. He was often used as a defensive replacement due to his fielding skills. With the 1974 Kansas City Royals, he had a batting average of .271. 1974 was the only year Wohlford ever had more than 500 at bats. He had a .260 career batting average.

Post playing career

After his playing career ended, Wohlford has worked as a financial planner in Visalia, California.[3]


  1. Devin Rose, Words of Wisdom - Former Big Leaguer Jim Wohlford - Took the words right out of his mouth, Chicago Tribune (September 21, 2003). Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  2. Website of etymologist Barry Popik, Entry dated September 23, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  3. Devin Rose, supra.


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