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JONES, "Deacon"

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JONES, Grover William "Deacon." (White Plains, NY, Apr. 18, 1934--). Jones is a a retired professional baseball player who played first base in the Major Leagues from 1962-1966 with the Chicago White Sox.

In his 11-year minor-league career, Jones batted .319 with 154 home runs and had a slugging percentage of .528. His major-league experience consisted of 60 plate appearances combined between the 1962, '63 and '66 seasons. He batted .286 (14 for 49) with one home run, and 10 RBIs. A great natural hitter, Jones in 2013 still held the Midwest League record for the highest single-season batting average when he hit .409 for Dubuque in 1956.