Position: First Baseman
In an era of big hitters, Jimmie Foxx won four home run titles and two batting titles. As well, he was the first American Leaguer to win consecutive MVP Awards and the first man to win the award three times.
Foxx won one Triple Crown
during the 1930s.
James Emory Foxx (1907-1967) grew up on a farm in rural
In 1924, Baker sent Jimmie a penny postcard reading, “Would you be interested in becoming a professional ballplayer? If you are, contact me.” Jimmie signed a contract at age 16, and Baker, short of catchers, put Foxx behind the plate. He caught 76 games, batting .296 with 10 homers.
Both the Yankees and Athletics were interested in Foxx, but Baker steered Jimmie to the A’s as a favor to Connie Mack. Foxx joined
He hit .327 there, though curiously he had only one home run in 101 at bats. He was back in
By the time Foxx became the regular first baseman in 1929, the A’s were a powerhouse. “Double X” formed with Al Simmons and Lefty Grove the heart of Mack’s last great team, and appeared in three consecutive World Series from 1929 to 1931. Foxx and Simmons combined for 192 home runs and Grove was 79-15 in those three years.
Jimmie won consecutive MVP Awards in 1932 and ’33. He had 169 RBI and 58 homers in 1932, and he earned the Triple Crown in 1933 with 48 homers, 163 RBI, and a .356 average. The A’s won two championships before bowing to
Because Connie Mack suffered economically during the Depression, he sold Foxx to
Though Foxx’s career began to be affected by his drinking, he had enough left for a final burst. After “slumping” to 36 homers, 127 RBI, and a career-low .285 average in 1937, he bounced back in 1938. Foxx hit 50 homers and led the league in RBI and average, winning his third MVP Award. Appendicitis shortened his terrific 1939 season, and 1940 was his last decent year.
When he retired only Ruth had more home runs, and Jimmie slammed more homers than anyone in the 1930s. He had three seasons with slugging averages of over .700. His eyes failed him, however, and he laid down his bat after 1945. Foxx was inducted in 1951.
Here are Jimmie Foxx's major league totals:
|BA||G ||AB||R ||H||2B ||3B ||HR ||RBI ||SB |
|.325||2,317 ||8,134||1,751 ||2,646 ||458||125||534 ||1,921 ||88|
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