Born: December 10, 1943|
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|April 17, 1964 for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1972 for the Texas Rangers|
|Runs batted in||237|
|Career highlights and awards|
James Dalton Jones (born December 10, 1943) is a former Major League Baseball player who played nine seasons in the big leagues for the Boston Red Sox (1964–1969), Detroit Tigers (1970–1972), and Texas Rangers (1972).
Born in McComb, Mississippi, Jones was principally a utility infielder and pinch-hitter. He played 262 games at second base, 186 at third base, 158 at 1st base, 18 in the outfield, and 1 at shortstop. In 907 Major League games, he compiled a .235 batting average with 548 hits, 268 runs scored, 237 RBIs, 91 doubles, 19 triples, 41 home runs, and 20 stolen bases.
Jones was a highly recruited prospect while playing in high school. To gain the edge in recruiting, the Red Sox involved Jones' boyhood hero, Ted Williams, in the effort, and Jones ended up signing with Boston.
He played for Boston from 1964 to 1969. He had his best season in 1967, the Red Sox "Impossible Dream" season. Dalton led the American League with 13 pinch hits and had a career-high .289 batting average. He also had several key hits for the Red Sox during the pennant drive. On September 18, 1967, he hit an 11th-inning home run in Detroit to beat the Tigers. In the last two games of the season, Jones went 3-for-5 and scored the game-winning run in the final regular season game. Jones also gave a tremendous performance in the 1967 World Series. He was Boston's starting third baseman in Games 1–4 and served as a pinch hitter in two other games. He was 7-for-18 with a .389 batting average and .421 on base percentage in the World Series—second only to Carl Yastrzemski (who hit .400 for the Series) among the Red Sox.
Jones was traded to the 
In 1973, Jones played with the Peninsula Whips, the Triple-A team in the Montreal Expos organization. After that effort, Jones realized he wouldn't be making a comeback and retired from baseball.
After his playing career ended, Jones worked for a time at a bank and spent five years working for Exxon.
- Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube
- Audio of July 2006 Interview of Dalton Jones