My Top Ten Cardinals of All-Time:#8 Jim Bottomley

#8. Jim Bottomley
#9. Enos Slaughter
#10. Ken Boyer

Jim Bottomley

After a long delay, making my list at #8 is first baseman, “Sunny” Jim Bottomley.

Jim Bottomley played for the Cardinals in the 1920s and early 30s with the likes of Frank Frisch, Chick Hafey, and Rogers Hornsby. He earned the nickname “Sunny Jim” for his cheerful disposition and upbeat demeanor.

Jim Bottomley

Bottomley was an RBI machine, driving in 90+ runs in every season from 1923 through 1930. On September 16, 1924, Bottomley set the Major League record for RBI in a single game, with 12 – a feat since tied by another Cardinal, Mark Whiten, on September 7, 1993.

Bottomley hit for the cycle on the July 15, 1927.

Jim Bottomley

In 1936, Bottomley set the single-season record for most unassisted double plays by a first baseman with eight.

Bottomley was the second player in baseball history to hit 20 or more doubles, triples, and home runs in one season. He was also the first of two players to collect 150 or more doubles, triples, and home runs in a career. He is the only player to achieve both.

Sunny Jim and the Babe

From a statistical standpoint, Bottomley ranks in the top 10 in almost all of the all-time Cardinal offensive categories: 10th in runs, 10th in hits, 8th in doubles, 5th in triples, 8th in home runs, 4th in RBI, 8th in BA, and 8th in OPS. Bottomley won the MVP in 1928 where he lead the NL in triples, HR, and RBI. He also won the World Series twice as a Redbird in 1926 and 1931.

Year    G    AB    R     H   2B   3B   HR   RBI  SB     BA    OPS
1922   37   151   29    49    8    5    5    35   3  0.325  0.902
1923  134   523   79   194   34   14    8    94   4  0.371  0.960
1924  137   528   87   167   31   12   14   111   5  0.316  0.862
1925  153   619   92   227   44   12   21   128   3  0.367  0.992
1926  154   603   98   180   40   14   19   120   4  0.299  0.870
1927  152   574   95   174   31   15   19   124   8  0.303  0.896
1928  149   576  123   187   42   20   31   136  10  0.325  1.030
1929  146   560  108   176   31   12   29   137   3  0.314  0.959
1930  131   487   92   148   33    7   15    97   5  0.304  0.860
1931  108   382   73   133   34    5    9    75   3  0.348  0.937
1932   91   311   45    92   16    3   11    48   2  0.296  0.823
     1392  5314  921  1727  344  119  181  1105  50  0.325  0.924

Jim Bottomley Hall of Fame Plaque
Bottomley was posthumously elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1974.

Up next, hopefully with less delay than this post, #7…


Links
Jim Bottomley Wikipedia Page
Baseball Reference Entry on Jim Bottomley
Baseball Hall of Fame Page on Jim Bottomley

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