C “Sonny” Jordan
was born on December 1, 1925 in
Washington. He excelled in sports
at Sedro-Woolley High School and enlisted in the Navy upon
graduation in 1943.
served on the destroyer USS
Bennett (DD-473) in the Pacific, taking part at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. On April 7, 1945, the
Bennett was hit by a
Japanese kamikaze fighter, killing three men and wounding 18.
was not among the casualties.
After being discharged from
military service he attended
Junior College where he
played baseball and football.
was also pitching for Sedro-Woolley in the local city league and in
1948 he was signed Philadelphia Phillies scout Don McShane.
The Phillies sent the
22-year-old left-hander to
of the Far West League where, in 1949, he was 19-7 with a 4.35 ERA.
In 1950 he advanced to Terre-Haute of the Three-I League where he
was 17-6, and then produced an incredible 21-3 record with
of the Interstate League in 1951.
pitched 20 complete games, had two one-hitters, four three-hitters,
three five-hitters, and earned a late-season call-up to Philadelphia.
|USS Bennett (DD-473)
He made his major league
debut in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cincinnati
Reds on August 26, 1951, hurling a 2-0 three-hit shutout that. He
made a further four starts before the close of the season and
finished with a 2-3 record and 3.19 ERA.
Despite his promising debut
the Phillies traded Jordan
to Cincinnati in December
1951. He was 10-12 with
of the Texas League in 1952 and returned to the majors with the Reds
in September making three brief appearances.
was back with Tulsa and then Rochester of the
International League in 1953. He pitched for
of the same league in 1955 and 1956, joined pennant-winning
in 1957 and ended his playing days with
of the Pacific Coast League in May 1958.
|Toronto Maple Leafs - 1957 International
League champions (Sonny Jordan is front row, first left)
returned to Washington
after retiring from baseball and worked briefly at Skagit Steel
before starting a long career in the shake/lumber mill industry with
Willis Rogers and Pearson.
An avid golfer and a former
member of the Skagit Golf and Country Club, Sonny
passed away at the Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley, Washington
on March 15, 2008. He was 82 years old.