Jim Bottomley

Jim Bottomley autograph
Birthdate 4/23/1900
Death Date 12/11/1959
Debut Year 1922
Year of Induction 1974
Teams Browns, Cardinals, Reds
Position First Base

Nicknamed “Sunny Jim” because of his cheerful disposition, Jim Bottomley set the all-time single-game record with 12 RBI on September 16, 1924.

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Two-time World Series champion Jim Bottomley earned the 1928 MVP Award

Two-time World Series champion Jim Bottomley earned the 1928 MVP Award

Jim Bottomley’s professional baseball career almost didn’t happen. He was playing for a semi-pro team earning $5 per game when a local police officer who saw him play recommended Bottomley to Cardinals GM and eventual Hall of Famer Branch Rickey. Rickey’s signing of Bottomley paid

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