- 1B, 2B
- Sunny Jim
- April 23, 1900
- 180 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 8-18-1922 with SLN
- Allstar Selections:
- 1928 MVP
- Hall of Fame:
Nicknamed "Sunny Jim" because of his ever-present smile and good humor, slender Jim Bottomley was one of the most popular players in Cardinals history. A run producer in the middle of the lineup, he played a key role on four St. Louis pennant winners, batting .345 with ten hits in the 1926 World Series victory over the Yankees.
Career Batting Stats
G AB H R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OBP OPS OPS+
1991 7471 2313 1177 219 1422 58 .310 .500 .369 .869 117.0
Teams Jim Bottomley Managed
St. Louis Browns (1937)
Jim Bottomley in Minor League Baseball
Where does Jim Bottomley rank among baseball greats?
Jim Bottomley ranks #34 among the Top 50 all-time at 1B. Rankings ?
Jim Bottomley Teammates
Best Season: 1928
Leading the Cards to their second pennant in three seasons, Bottomley paced the NL in total bases, batted .325, slugging 31 homers and driving in 136 runners. He achieved the rare trifecta of at least twenty doubles (42), triples (20) and homers. He was named the NL's Most Valuable Player.
The 1931 National League Batting Race
In one of the most amazing batting races in baseball history, Bottomley narrowly missed the title. He finished 4-for-8 in a season ending doubleheader, boosting his average to .3481, losing to teammate Chick Hafey's .3488. The Giants' Bill Terry finished at .3486.
Where He Played
James Leroy Bottomley was born on April 23, 1900, in Oglesby, IL.
December 11, 1959, St.Louis, MO
Major League Debut
Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1922
Will Clark is a better player than Bottomley was, but they have some similarities on the field, but none off it. Bottomely was happy-going and well-liked, while Clark had few close friends among his teammates and was very intense.
Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1948 BBWAA 4 3.3%
1949 BBWAA 8 5.2%
1950 BBWAA 8 4.8%
1951 BBWAA 6 2.7%
1952 BBWAA 7 3.0%
1953 BBWAA 10 3.8%
1954 BBWAA 16 6.3%
1955 BBWAA 26 10.4%
1956 BBWAA 42 21.8%
1958 BBWAA 57 21.4%
1960 BBWAA 89 33.1%
1962 BBWAA 20 12.5%
1974 Veterans %
1926 World Series
1928 World Series
1930 World Series
1931 World Series
Awards and Honors
1928 NL MVP
On September 16, 1924, Bottomley enjoyed one of the greatest batting days in major league history, as he drove in 12 runs (still a ML record) with two home runs, a double, and three singles to power the Cardinals to a 17-3 victory over Brooklyn... In July of 1929, Bottomley blasted seven homers in five games... On August 5, 1931, Bottomley had the second six-hit game of his career, leading the Cards over Pittsburgh 16-2.
* September 16, 1924: 6 Hits...
* September 24, 1924: 12 RBI...
* July 15, 1927: Cycle...
* August 5, 1931: 6 Hits...
Bottomley narrowly defeated Fred Lindstrom for the 1928 National League MVP Award.
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