Jimmie Foxx

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Jimmie Foxx
Jimmie Foxx

Jimmie Foxx was already a seasoned ballplayer when Athletics owner Connie Mack traded him to Boston from Philadelphia. Twice an MVP and winner of the Triple Crown in 1933, Foxx was a welcome addition to a club that had not had much to celebrate since winning the World Series in 1918. Although the team still finished with a losing record and sixth in the American League standings, the first baseman has an immediate impact for the Red Sox, hitting 41 home runs for the Red Sox in his first season with the club while collected 143 RBI and batting .338.

Two years later, Foxx enjoyed his best season with Boston, clubbing 50 home runs and driving in 175 runs, both team records to this day, while batting .349, just missing his chance for a second Triple Crown thanks to “Hammerin’ Hank” Greenberg, who left the yard 58 times that year. However, his efforts did earn him the distinction of being named the AL MVP that season, his third such honor. Foxx would be named an All-Star in each of his six full seasons with Boston between 1936 and 1941 and remained with the Red Sox until the Chicago Cubs claimed him off waivers in June of 1942.

His numbers with the organization place him seventh all-time in club history in batting average at .320, third all-time in slugging percentage at .605, seventh all-time in home runs with 222, and sixth all-time in RBI with 788. Foxx retired after the 1945 season and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1951 on his fourth ballot.

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