Known as “Sunny Jim” for his outgoing personality, he was one of the early power hitters of the game. He made it to the big leagues in 1922 with the Cardinals and spent the majority of his career with them. He lead his teams to two World Championships, in 1926 and again in 1931. Bottomley was the second 20-20-20 player ever in baseball with 42 doubles, 20 triples and 31 homer runs, also driving in 136 RBI and batting .325. From 1923 through 1929, he had 947 RBI. He hit for the Cycle in 1927 and won the MVP in 1928. His career batting average was .310. One of the highlights of his career came earlier in 1924 when he drove in 12 RBI in one game, a major league record that was tied 69 years later by another St Louis Cardinal, Mark Whiten.
September 17, 2016