Recalling the man known as ?Double-X'

By Anthony Rhoads

During the 1920s-30s, George Herman ?Babe' Ruth was the undisputed home run king of Major League Baseball but one player from that era definitely cannot be overlooked ? Jimmie Foxx.

Foxx, also known as ?The Beast' or ?Double-X', played from 1925-45 and smacked 534 home runs and 1,922 RBIs. When he retired, he was second only to Babe Ruth in home runs and still ranks 12th on the all-time list. He's ranked seventh in career RBIs.

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When Foxx was beginning his baseball career, both the New York Yankees and Philadelphia A's were interested in him.

Connie Mack, the A's owner/manager, signed Foxx and he played in Philadelphia for four years before his break-out season in 1929.

That year, he hit 33 home runs and 118 RBIs that year to help lead Philadelphia to the American League pennant and the World Series championship.

The 1929 season was the beginning of a 12-year streak where Foxx hit 30 or more home runs in a season.

In 1930, he smacked 37 home runs and 156 runs, again leading the A's to the world championship. The following year, Foxx hit 30 home runs and 120 RBIs. That season, the A's won their third consecutive pennant but fell in the World Series to St. Louis.

During the A's heyday from 1929-31, Foxx hit 100 home runs and knocked in 394 RBIs.

In World Series play, he batted .344 and had a slugging percentage of .609 in 18 World Series games.

Foxx never got back to the World Series but he was just beginning to blossom as a player.

In 1932, he came within two home runs of tying Ruth's single-season home run record. That season, Foxx hit 58 home runs and 169 RBIs with a batting average of .364. At the end of the year, he won the MVP award.

That year, Foxx could have tied Ruth's single-season record but two of his home runs weren't officially counted because they were in games that were rained out.

He followed that season up with a Triple-Crown season where he led the league in home runs (48), RBIs (163) and batting average (.356) on his way to winning his second straight MVP award. He was the first player to win consecutive American League MVP awards and was the first to win three MVPs.

His final MVP season was in 1938, when he 50 home runs, 175 RBIs and batted .349 with the Boston Red Sox.

By the time the 1930s were over, no other player hit more home runs in the decade than Foxx and he had three seasons with slugging percentages of over .700.

When he retired in 1945, he had won four home run titles, two batting titles and two World Series championships.

Like many players before and since, Foxx became a manager when he retired. Foxx managed a few minor league teams and in the early 1950s, managed the Ft. Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The Tom Hanks character Jimmy Dugan in the movie ?A League of Their Own' was based on Foxx.

Anthony Rhoads is a sports writer for The Daily and his column appears Wednesdays. He can be reached by e-mail at arhoads@news-daily.com or sports@news-daily.com.