Jimmie Foxx Biography
Jimmie Foxx's life and baseball accomplishments.
James Emory Foxx was born in Sudlersville, Maryland on October 22, 1907. At the age of 10, Foxx ran away from home and attempted to enlist in the Army as a drummer boy. When the Army rejected him, he then turned his attention to sports. He was a member of his high school baseball team and played various positions that later helped him in his major league career. Frank Baker, who was managing Easton in the Maryland Eastern Shore League was impressed with Foxx's power and ability. Baker asked Foxx to come to a tryout. Foxx had to get his father's permission to quit school and go to Easton. He had hoped to play third base or to pitch but Easton was short on catchers and placed him behind the plate instead. Foxx was a success from the start. His skills drew the interest of the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Athletics.
Baker advised Foxx to play for Connie Mack and the A's. Foxx was just 17 when he entered the major league. Mack already had Mickey Cochrane and Cy Perkins as catchers so Foxx was on the bench in 1924. In 1925, he spent most of the season at Providence. By 1929, the A's placed Foxx at first base. The A's won three straight American League pennants after that. In 1932, Foxx belted in 58 home runs and won the first of 3 Most Valuable Player awards. The following year he won the Triple Crown with a batting average of .356, 163 RBIs, and 48 home runs. He also won his second Most Valuable Player award in 1933. Foxx refused to sign a new contract with the A's following the 1935 season after a salary dispute. Mack then sold Foxx to the Boston Red Sox for $150,000.
The Red Sox acquired Foxx when he was 28 and enjoyed 6 productive years with him playing at Fenway. In 1938, Foxx led the American League in batting with an average of .349 and with 175 RBIs. He won his third Most Valuable Player award as well that year and hit 50 home runs.
After Foxx retired in 1945, he did some managing in the minor leagues. Although he had earned around $270,000 playing baseball, Foxx was penniless by 1958 after some bad investments and hefty alimony payments to his first wife. He rebounded from adversity and took a coaching job with the Red Sox's farm team in Minneapolis.
The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Foxx in 1951. He is remembered for his 3 MVP awards and hitting 100 or more runs in 13 straight seasons. Foxx accumulated a lifetime batting average of .325, 534 career home runs and 1,922 career RBIs. He also set a record by hitting 30 or more home runs in 12 consecutive seasons.
Foxx died on July 21, 1967 and is buried at Darrtown Cemetery in Darrtown, Ohio.