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This article is about the American baseball
player. For other people of this name, see James
James Leroy Bottomley (April 23, 1900 â€“
December 11, 1959) was born in Oglesby, Illinois and grew up in Nokomis,
Illinois. Nicknamed "Sunny Jim", he was a left-handed Major
League Baseball player. He also served as player-manager
for the St.
Louis Browns in 1937.
As a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals (1922-1932), Cincinnati Reds
(1933-1935) and St. Louis Browns (1936-1937),
Bottomley was noted for his upbeat demeanor and ability to drive in
runs. He had over 100 RBIs in each season
from 1924 to 1929.
Bottomley's best season came in 1928, when he hit .325 with 31 home runs and 136 RBIs. He
also became the second Major League player in history to join the
20â€“20â€“20 club. That year, he won the National League
Valuable Player award and led the Cardinals to the World Series, where
they lost to the New York Yankees. He was the first
player to win an MVP award after beginning his career in his team's
He set the Major League record for RBIs in a single game, with
12, on September 16, 1924 (since tied by Mark Whiten). Bottomley also holds the
single-season record for most unassisted double plays by a first
baseman, with eight. "Sunny" is also known as the only man to be
sued for hitting a home run when a fan was hit by the ball when he
After his career ended, Bottomley moved to near Bourbon,
Missouri, where he raised Hereford cattle. He
spent the last years of his life in nearby Sullivan,
Missouri, where he and his wife were eventually laid to rest in
the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
A museum in Nokomis, Illinois, is dedicated to
Bottomley and the Hall of Famers Ray Schalk and Red Ruffing.
Bottomly was the second player in baseball history to hit 20 or
more doubles, triples, and home runs in one season (Frank Schulte being
the first) and the first of two players (Lou Gehrig being the other) to collect 150
or more doubles, triples, and home runs in a career. He is the only
player to achieve both.
"Sunny Jim" Bottomley was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in