Jim Rivera Stats

Jim Rivera was born on Friday, July 22, 1921, in New York, New York. Rivera was 30 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 15, 1952, with the St. Louis Browns. 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 Rivera baseball stats page.

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"Jungle Jim may not have the fattest average in baseball, but he gives the fans a show with his daredevil running and sliding, his terrific fielding, and clutch hitting. He runs in the outfield like a deer, on the bases like an express train, and he throws like a rifle." - Chicago White Sox General Manager Ed Short (SB Nation, Lee Warren, 01/03/2014, 1951 Pacific Coast League MVP: Jim Rivera , Source )

Jim Rivera

'Jungle' Jim Rivera Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#156 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1991top05' title='1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

'Jungle' Jim Rivera Autograph on a 1991 Topps Archives Baseball Card (#156 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Manuel Joseph Rivera
Nickname:
Big Jim - Jim - Jungle Jim
Born On:
07-22-1921  (Cancer)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
New York, New York
Year of Death Data Died On:
11-13-2017 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
196
First Game:
04-15-1952 (Age 30)
Last Game:
09-30-1961
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Jim Rivera Pitching Stats

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Jim Rivera Hitting Stats

1952 31 Browns 97 336 45 86 13 6 4 0 30 29 1 59 4 0 2 3 .256 .319 .366
1952 31 White Sox 53 201 27 50 7 3 3 0 18 21 3 27 2 0 0 1 .249 .320 .358
1953 32 White Sox 156 567 79 147 26 16 11 0 78 53 3 70 13 0 6 15 .259 .329 .420
1954 33 White Sox 145 490 62 140 16 8 13 0 61 49 12 68 5 2 6 7 .286 .356 .431
1955 34 White Sox 147 454 71 120 24 4 10 1 52 62 6 59 10 3 1 5 .264 .352 .401
1956 35 White Sox 139 491 76 125 23 5 12 0 66 49 2 75 6 6 3 3 .255 .322 .395
1957 36 White Sox 125 402 51 103 21 6 14 0 52 40 6 80 3 3 3 11 .256 .326 .443
1958 37 White Sox 116 276 37 62 8 4 9 0 35 24 5 49 1 7 1 7 .225 .282 .380
1959 38 White Sox 80 177 18 39 9 4 4 0 19 11 3 19 0 3 1 1 .220 .266 .384
1960 39 White Sox 48 17 17 5 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 .294 .400 .471
1961 40 White Sox 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1961 40 Athletics 64 141 20 34 8 0 2 0 10 24 0 14 0 0 0 3 .241 .352 .340
10 Years 1,171 3,552 503 911 155 56 83 1 422 365 41 523 44 24 23 56 .256 .328 .402

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Jim Rivera Fielding Stats

1952 Browns CF 81 76 2,112 267 3.3 260 253 7 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.32
1952 Browns LF 8 6 159 18 2.3 18 18 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.06
1952 White Sox CF 53 53 1,440 161 3.0 159 157 2 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.98
1953 White Sox CF 153 149 2,139 410 2.7 401 386 15 9 5 n/a n/a n/a .978 5.06
1953 White Sox RF 3 3 87 3 1.0 2 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 0.62
1954 White Sox CF 31 18 510 51 1.6 50 49 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.65
1954 White Sox LF 4 0 24 3 0.8 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.38
1954 White Sox RF 124 113 2,976 216 1.7 206 201 5 10 0 n/a n/a n/a .954 1.87
1955 White Sox CF 51 42 1,023 123 2.4 121 117 4 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .984 3.19
1955 White Sox LF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1955 White Sox RF 116 73 2,238 196 1.7 192 176 16 4 6 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.32
1956 White Sox CF 17 13 372 46 2.7 45 45 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .978 3.27
1956 White Sox RF 119 102 2,877 235 2.0 229 220 9 6 4 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.15
1957 White Sox 1B 31 30 741 244 7.9 241 233 8 3 22 n/a n/a n/a .988 8.78
1957 White Sox CF 4 2 84 8 2.0 7 6 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 2.25
1957 White Sox LF 1 0 12 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1957 White Sox RF 83 74 2,004 143 1.7 140 135 5 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 1.89
1958 White Sox CF 2 1 33 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 0.82
1958 White Sox LF 54 47 1,269 113 2.1 112 107 5 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .991 2.38
1958 White Sox RF 44 24 771 47 1.1 47 45 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.65
1959 White Sox LF 20 10 369 31 1.6 30 28 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.20
1959 White Sox RF 49 33 936 50 1.0 49 46 3 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .980 1.41
1960 White Sox CF 1 0 3 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1960 White Sox LF 9 0 69 4 0.4 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.57
1960 White Sox RF 14 1 123 9 0.6 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.98
1961 Athletics CF 7 5 156 10 1.4 10 10 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.73
1961 Athletics RF 35 29 741 43 1.2 42 42 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .977 1.53
RF Totals 587 452 12,753 942 1.6 916 876 40 26 14 n/a n/a n/a .972 1.94
CF Totals 400 359 7,872 1,078 2.7 1,055 1,025 30 23 8 n/a n/a n/a .979 3.62
LF Totals 97 63 1,908 170 1.8 168 161 7 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.38
1B Totals 31 30 741 244 7.9 241 233 8 3 22 n/a n/a n/a .988 8.78
10 Years 1,115 904 23,274 2,434 2.2 2,380 2,295 85 54 46 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.76

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Jim Rivera Miscellaneous Stats

1952 Browns 8 7 .533 9 2 n/a 84.0 5.7 11.2 - - -
1952 White Sox 13 2 .867 0 0 n/a 67.0 7.4 11.2 - - -
1953 White Sox 22 15 .595 0 1 n/a 51.5 8.1 7.3 - - -
1954 White Sox 18 10 .643 6 3 n/a 37.7 7.2 8.0 - - -
1955 White Sox 25 16 .610 10 6 n/a 45.4 7.7 8.7 - - -
1956 White Sox 20 9 .690 13 2 n/a 40.9 6.5 7.4 - - -
1957 White Sox 18 2 .900 12 4 n/a 28.7 5.0 7.7 - - -
1958 White Sox 21 3 .875 10 21 n/a 30.7 5.6 7.9 - - -
1959 White Sox 5 3 .625 7 14 n/a 44.3 9.3 9.3 - - -
1960 White Sox 4 0 1.000 2 30 n/a 17.0 5.7 17.0 - - -
1961 White Sox 0 1 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 0.0 0.0 - - -
1961 Athletics 6 2 .750 26 1 n/a 70.5 10.1 14.1 - - -
10 Years 160 70 .696 95 85 n/a 42.8 6.8 8.4 - - -

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Jim Rivera Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1952 St. Louis Browns 7 Undetermined - -
1952 Chicago White Sox 39 Undetermined - -
1953 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1954 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1955 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1956 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1957 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1958 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1959 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - Stats
1960 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1961 Chicago White Sox 7 Undetermined - -
1961 Kansas City Athletics 10 Undetermined - -
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Did you know that "Jungle" Jim Rivera, on Opening Day in 1961 ( Box Score ), asked the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, for his autograph? After seeing the signature, Big Jim said, "What kind of garbage college is that Harvard, where they don't even teach you how to write? What kind of garbage writing is this? What is this garbage autograph? Do you think I can go into any tavern on Chicago's south side and really say the President of the United States signed his baseball for me? I'd be run off." [ JFK Games ]

Jim Rivera wore #7 while playing with the Chicago White Sox for nine seasons (1953-1960), the most instances in franchise history . He wasn't the first, that distinction belongs to Lew Fonseca (1931). Rivera wasn't the last, it is still not retired. And, it was worn by a Hall of Famer, in 1934 and 1935 - do you know who? [ Answer ]
Jim Rivera Baseball Card
Jim Rivera | 1959 Topps Baseball Card (#213) | Baseball Almanac Collection | White Sox #7

In 1953 , Jim Rivera led the American League in triples . In 1955 , Jim Rivera led the American League in stolen bases . Two items you'd find on the back of a baseball card. Here is one you won't see there; in 1949, Jim Rivera was paroled after serving five years in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, where he played baseball on the prison team!
Jim Rivera Prison
Jim Rivera Prison Story | The Shamokin News-Dispatch | March 25, 1966 | Page Six

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