1.27.2014

1934 Goudey
Jimmie Foxx

I know it's rough, but it's Jimmie Foxx. A real Jimmie Foxx.

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
Those are crazy numbers.

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.

1 comment:

david bancroft said...

"The Beast". It was said even his hair had muscles.