Jim Bottomley Stats

Jim Bottomley was born on Monday, April 23, 1900, in Oglesby, Illinois. Bottomley was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 18, 1922, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jim Bottomley baseball stats page.

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"I noticed one thing that day, and that was that Bottomley could field," former St. Louis manager and Hall of Famer Branch Rickey said of the first time he saw Bottomley play. "By the sinews of Joshua how he could field! His reach from wrist to ankle was sublime." - National Baseball Hall of Fame (Bridget Bielefield, 12/02/2009, 'JIM BOTTOMLEY NAMED NL MVP', Source )

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Birth Name:
James Leroy Bottomley
Nickname:
Sunny Jim
Born On:
04-23-1900  (Taurus)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Oglesby, Illinois
Year of Death Data Died On:
12-11-1959 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
St. Louis, Missouri
Cemetery:
Odd Fellows Cemetery, Sullivan, Missouri Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Nokomis High School (Nokomis, IL)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
180
First Game:
08-18-1922 (Age 22)
Last Game:
09-16-1937
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Jim Bottomley Pitching Stats

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Jim Bottomley Hitting Stats

1922 22 Cardinals 37 151 29 49 8 5 5 0 35 6 0 13 2 0 2 1 .325 .358 .543
1923 23 Cardinals 134 523 79 194 34 14 8 1 94 45 4 44 15 0 4 6 .371 .425 .535
1924 24 Cardinals 137 528 87 167 31 12 14 1 111 35 1 35 17 0 3 9 .316 .362 .500
1925 25 Cardinals 153 619 92 227 44 12 21 3 128 47 5 36 13 0 2 8 .367 .413 .578
1926 26 Cardinals 154 603 98 180 40 14 19 0 120 58 2 52 19 0 4 4 .299 .364 .506
1927 27 Cardinals 152 574 95 174 31 15 19 0 124 74 3 49 26 0 5 4 .303 .387 .509
1928 28 Cardinals 149 576 123 187 42 20 31 0 136 71 3 54 17 0 3 9 .325 .402 .628
1929 29 Cardinals 146 560 108 176 31 12 29 1 137 70 2 54 17 0 1 2 .314 .391 .568
1930 30 Cardinals 131 487 92 148 33 7 15 0 97 44 1 36 24 1 5 15 .304 .367 .493
1931 31 Cardinals 108 382 73 133 34 5 9 0 75 34 0 24 2 0 1 5 .348 .403 .534
1932 32 Cardinals 91 311 45 92 16 3 11 0 48 25 1 32 2 0 1 7 .296 .350 .473
1933 33 Reds 145 549 57 137 23 9 13 0 83 42 7 28 11 0 7 13 .250 .311 .395
1934 34 Reds 142 556 72 158 31 11 11 0 78 33 4 40 3 0 0 9 .284 .324 .439
1935 35 Reds 107 399 44 103 21 1 1 0 49 18 3 24 4 0 2 11 .258 .294 .323
1936 36 Browns 140 544 72 162 39 11 12 0 95 44 0 55 5 0 3 4 .298 .354 .476
1937 37 Browns 65 109 11 26 7 0 1 0 12 18 1 15 0 0 0 1 .239 .346 .330
16 Years 1,991 7,471 1,177 2,313 465 151 219 6 1,422 664 37 591 177 1 43 108 .310 .369 .500

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Jim Bottomley Fielding Stats

1922 Cardinals 1B 34 33 284 363 10.7 358 346 12 5 22 n/a n/a n/a .986 34.04
1923 Cardinals 1B 130 128 3,370 1,325 10.2 1,307 1,264 43 18 95 n/a n/a n/a .986 10.47
1924 Cardinals 1B 133 132 3,400 1,369 10.3 1,345 1,297 48 24 110 n/a n/a n/a .982 10.68
1924 Cardinals 2B 1 0 0 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
1925 Cardinals 1B 153 153 4,001 1,561 10.2 1,540 1,466 74 21 133 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.39
1926 Cardinals 1B 154 154 4,114 1,680 10.9 1,661 1,607 54 19 118 n/a n/a n/a .989 10.90
1927 Cardinals 1B 152 152 4,076 1,746 11.5 1,726 1,656 70 20 149 n/a n/a n/a .989 11.43
1928 Cardinals 1B 148 148 4,033 1,526 10.3 1,506 1,454 52 20 113 n/a n/a n/a .987 10.08
1929 Cardinals 1B 145 145 3,822 1,435 9.9 1,422 1,347 75 13 122 n/a n/a n/a .991 10.05
1930 Cardinals 1B 124 123 3,247 1,217 9.8 1,205 1,164 41 12 127 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.02
1931 Cardinals 1B 93 91 2,291 952 10.2 940 897 43 12 95 n/a n/a n/a .987 11.08
1932 Cardinals 1B 74 74 1,944 713 9.6 703 662 41 10 67 n/a n/a n/a .986 9.76
1933 Reds 1B 145 144 3,741 1,598 11.0 1,583 1,511 72 15 112 n/a n/a n/a .991 11.43
1934 Reds 1B 139 139 3,589 1,395 10.0 1,380 1,303 77 15 106 n/a n/a n/a .989 10.38
1935 Reds 1B 97 96 2,543 995 10.3 987 934 53 8 74 n/a n/a n/a .992 10.48
1936 Browns 1B 140 140 3,509 1,307 9.3 1,297 1,250 47 10 103 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.98
1937 Browns 1B 24 20 465 192 8.0 191 179 12 1 16 n/a n/a n/a .995 11.09
1B Totals 1,885 1,872 48,429 19,374 10.3 19,151 18,337 814 223 1,562 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.68
2B Totals 1 0 0 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.00
16 Years 1,886 1,872 48,429 19,375 10.3 19,152 18,337 815 223 1,562 n/a n/a n/a .988 10.68

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Jim Bottomley Miscellaneous Stats

1922 Cardinals 3 1 .750 3 0 n/a 30.2 11.6 4.3 - - -
1923 Cardinals 4 6 .400 4 0 n/a 65.4 11.9 5.6 - - -
1924 Cardinals 5 4 .556 4 0 n/a 37.7 15.1 4.8 - - -
1925 Cardinals 3 4 .429 0 0 n/a 29.5 17.2 4.8 - - -
1926 Cardinals 4 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 31.7 11.6 5.0 - - -
1927 Cardinals 8 9 .471 0 0 n/a 30.2 11.7 4.6 - - -
1928 Cardinals 10 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 18.6 10.7 4.2 - - -
1929 Cardinals 3 0 1.000 1 0 n/a 19.3 10.4 4.1 - - -
1930 Cardinals 5 0 1.000 7 0 n/a 32.5 13.5 5.0 - - -
1931 Cardinals 3 2 .600 15 0 n/a 42.4 15.9 5.1 - - -
1932 Cardinals 2 0 1.000 17 0 n/a 28.3 9.7 6.5 - - -
1933 Reds 3 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 42.2 19.6 6.6 - - -
1934 Reds 1 1 .500 3 0 n/a 50.5 13.9 7.1 - - -
1935 Reds 3 1 .750 10 0 n/a 399.0 16.6 8.1 - - -
1936 Browns 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 45.3 9.9 5.7 - - -
1937 Browns 1 0 1.000 42 0 n/a 109.0 7.3 9.1 - - -
16 Years 58 28 .674 107 0 n/a 34.1 12.6 5.3 - - -

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Jim Bottomley Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1922 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a -
1923 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a -
1924 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a -
1925 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a -
1926 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1927 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a -
1928 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1929 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a -
1930 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1931 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1932 St. Louis Cardinals 4 Undetermined n/a -
1933 Cincinnati Reds 3 Undetermined - -
1934 Cincinnati Reds 1 Undetermined - -
1935 Cincinnati Reds 1 Undetermined - -
1936 St. Louis Browns 2 $6,500.00 - -
1937 St. Louis Browns 2 $8,000.00 - -
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Exactly four different St. Louis Cardinals players have had six hits in a 9-inning game : Duff Cooley on September 30, 1893, Roger Connor on June 1, 1895, Terry Moore on September 5, 1935 , and Jim Bottomley - who had two six-hit games ( September 16, 1924 & August 5, 1931 ).

Jim Bottomley is one of only five players in baseball history with two six hits game . The other four are Doc Cramer , Doc Cramer , Henry Larkin , and Cal McVey .

Jim Bottomley was the first player in baseball history to drive in twelve runs in a game! On September 16, 1924 , Sunny Jim went 6-for-6 and drove in a Major League record 12 RBI - an RBI record that still stands and has only been tied once, by Mark Whiten on September 7, 1993 .

Jim Bottomley was the first first-baseman in baseball history turn eight unassisted double plays in a season (1936), a Major league record that still stands and has only been tied once, by American League first-bagger Bill White who had eight unassisted double plays (at first) in 1961.

Jim Bottomley was the first St. Louis Cardinals lefty to hit 30+ home runs in a season (31 HRs in 1928 ), and Sunny Jim held the team record for homers in a season by a lefty for twelve years, until he was passed by another hall of famer, who still holds the record! Do you know who it was? [ Answer ]

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Jim Bottomley | 1972 Laughlin Great Feats Baseball Card (#13) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Before the Baseball Writers Association of America began awarding the Most Valuable Player Award , there was a League Award which existed from 1922 through 1929. Rogers Hornsby was the first St. Louis Cardinals player to win (1925), a year later Bob O'Farrell won, then in 1928, the first left-handed Cardinal , Jim Bottomley, won.

During the year Sunny Jim won the League Award , he was the home run champion in the National League, the first time in Cardinals history a left-handed slugger led the league.

Jim Bottomley Hall of Fame Plaque
Jim Bottomley | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque
Jim Bottomley, Rogers Hornsby , Goose Goslin , Lou Gehrig , Stan Musial and Roberto Clemente , not just Hall of Fame legends, but the only players in Major League history with at least one-hundred fifty career triples and two-hundred career home runs - true speed, true power.

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