March 7, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 33, Jimmie Foxx (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

He really hated it when people spelled his name “Jimmy.”

Who can explain the sensitivities of human beings? Jimmie Foxx was, by all accounts, a sweet and good-natured man. He was famous for his ever-present smile. This was true even later in his career when he battled alcoholism and money problems. As we shall see, “A League of Their Own” didn’t quite get him right.

But, even so, he just didn’t like that name “Jimmy.”

Baseball was his father’s dream. Dell Foxx was a tenant farmer in Sudlersville, Md., across the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore. Dell was also the power-hitting outfielder for the local town team. He might have become a…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 33, Jimmie Foxx” at The Athletic