- 2B, 3B, SS, 1B, OF, P
- November 10, 1896
- 5' 9"
- 185 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 5-06-1918 with PHA
The Tony Phillips of his time, Jimmy Dykes played every position Connie Mack asked him to, contributing with the glove and the bat. He batted .421 in the 1929 World Series and belted four extra-base hits in the 1930 World Series, helping the A's win each year. He played more than 2,200 games and managed almost 3,000. He was in baseball for parts of six decades. As a manager, he never duplicated the success he had with the A's as a player, managing eight winning teams in 18 full seasons at the helm. In his 21 seasons as a manager he never finished higher than third. Not until Gene Mauch did a manager have such a long tenure as a major league manager without winning a pennant. Dykes was Connie Mack's choice to succeed him as manager of the A's, but after three poor finishes he was let go. Dykes was the first major league manager of the Baltimore Orioles, but lost 99 games and was fired. In August, 1960, he was part of the only trade of managers in baseball history. The Tigers dealt him to the Indians for manager Joe Gordon.
"I don't know what he hit against everybody else, but he was a .440 man against me. As I remember, Jimmy used to hit to right-center. I always remember Dykes for the high shoes he wore. He claimed he had weak ankles. I think he must have had a catapult concealed in those shoes, the way the ball would take off." — Waite Hoyt
Dykes was an unsung hero on the 1929 World Series champion A's. He played short, third and second modestly well, hitting .327 and leading the league in HBP. He was a the #7 or #8 hitter in Mack's lineup, but his versatility made him invaluable. He hit .421 in the World Series with four RBI in five games.
Jimmy Dykes was the third baseman for the American League in the first two All-Star games ever played.
On May 5, 1941, the White Sox honored manager Jimmy Dykes with a ceremony prior to their game against the Yankees. Dykes received a scroll that commemorated his more than 25 years in the game. Later in the afternoon, Yankee outfielder Joe DiMaggio collected a single and started his record 56-game hitting streak.
Simmons and Haas were sold with Dykes to the White Sox for $100,000 following the 1932 season. All total, Dykes played ten years with Haas and 12 with Simmons ... Joe Gordon was traded straight up for Dykes on August 3, 1960. It remains the only trade of major league managers.
Connie Mack called Dykes thick-chested, with the best throwing arm in my infield."
- Jimmie Dykes