Foxx was mega-good. Better than your typical Hall of Famer, the Sporting News has him 15th on its list of 100 Greatest Baseball Players. He was a monster with his bat and unfortunately was overshadowed by the greatness of Babe Ruth.
But I wonder if the casual baseball fan has ever heard of him?
A few accomplishments as seen on Wikipedia:
- .325 lifetime batting average
- 2,646 hits
- 534 home runs (the second player to reach 500 after Babe Ruth)
- 1,922 RBI
- 9-time All-Star
- 2-time World Series Champion
- 3-time MVP
- 1933 Triple Crown
Some think Foxx was also the inspiration for Tom Hanks' character in A League of Their Own. Foxx actually managed the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1952.
While reading up on Foxx, I found another 1934 Goudey Jimmie Foxx selling at auction in March of 2000 for $31,050. It was graded PSA 8. I paid $75 for mine. I know, kinda steep, but did I mention it was a real Jimmie Foxx?
I'd still rather have my poor old Jimmie Foxx and $30,975 than that PSA 8 any day.