Jimmie Foxx is one of the most forgotten legends in MLB history. Across 20 seasons and four teams, Foxx routinely posted elite stats. He won three MVPs, made nine All-Star teams, and added a pair of World Series rings.
Let’s take a look at Jimmie Foxx: The Splash 11.
Jimmie Foxx with the Philadelphia Athletics
Jimmie Foxx spent 11 seasons with the A’s. He racked up 1,492 hits and 302 home runs, averaging 186 hits and 41 home runs from 1929 to 1935. He posted a ridiculous slash line of .341/.444/.655 over those seasons. He won his first two MVP awards, and he added a trio of All-Star Game appearances. The All-Star Game was introduced in 1933, so he likely missed out on inclusion in 1929, 1930, 1931, and 1932.
In his time with the A’s, Jimmie Foxx led the AL in runs in 1932, home runs thrice, and runs batted in twice. His peak with the Athletics was in 1932 and 1933 when he smashed a home run every 10.9 at-bats for a total of 106. He had an otherworldly slash line of .360/.460/.726. His 204 OPS+ was 104 percent better than the average hitter. Only 12 players in MLB history posted a 200 OPS+ on at least 650 plate appearances. Foxx and Babe Ruth (1926-1928, 1930-1931) are the only players to do it in two consecutive seasons. In 1933, Foxx won the AL MVP again as well as the hitting Triple Crown.
Before his 1932-1933 peak, Foxx showed out in three World Series appearances. In 1929 and 1930, Foxx and the A’s won the title. Foxx posted OPSs of 1.081 and 1.058 in those series, and he would have been in contention for World Series MVP awards.
In 1931, Foxx and the A’s fell short against the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Foxx had a solid first six games, but he failed to get on-base in the pivotal Game 7.
Foxx was sold to the Boston Red Sox after the 1935 season.
Jimmie Foxx in Boston
Jimmie Foxx continued to rake in a new city. He made the All-Star team in every full season he played in Boston, and he had an OPS above 1.000 in three of those six seasons. He led MLB in OPS+ in both 1938 and 1939. His 1938 campaign ended with Foxx’s third MVP, tied for the second-most in MLB history.
Foxx never made the World Series with the Red Sox, but the Red Sox finished second in the AL in 1938, 1939, and 1941.
After playing 30 additional games for the Red Sox in 1942, Foxx made his way to the National League.
Jimmie Foxx with the Chicago Cubs
Across 70 games with the Cubs in 1942, Foxx scratched out a measly .570 OPS with just three home runs. Foxx did not play in 1943, but he returned for 15 games in 1944. He had an OPS+ of -32 in those games, 132 percent below average.
Jimmie Foxx with the Philadelphia Phillies
Foxx returned to Philadelphia in 1945, but he played for the crosstown rival Phillies. In 248 plate appearances, Foxx had 19 extra-base hits and an OPS+ of 113.
Foxx even pitched 22 innings in 1945, allowing four runs. He posted a 1.59 ERA and an ERA+ of 243, but he walked more hitters than he struck out.
In 1951, the BBWAA inducted Foxx into the Hall of Fame.
Jimmie Foxx’s Accolades:
Foxx won three MVPs, and he is 16th in MVP shares in MLB history. He led the AL in WAR twice, and he won two batting titles. He won three on-base titles and five slugging titles. Foxx’s career OPS+ of 163 lands him 12th on the all-time list. He is still in the top 25 in home runs, total bases, runs, RBI, and walks.
Outside of the batter’s box, Foxx was a slightly below-average base runner and an above-average fielder at first base.
Is Foxx the greatest first baseman of all-time?
While Foxx has a compelling case, he was often not even the best first baseman in the AL. While Foxx was mashing for the A’s and Red Sox, Lou Gehrig was raking for the Yankees.
Foxx is top-three in most WAR stats among first basemen, often trailing Gehrig and Albert Pujols. He may not be the best first baseman ever, but he has a resume that has stood up for 75 years.
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