Much like my post about Hack Wilson a few weeks back, I am amazed at the season Jimmie Foxx put together more than 70 years ago! By the end of the ’31 season Jimmie had established himself as a power-hitter by hitting 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI 3 years in a row but no one could have expected for him to do what he did the very next season. First of all, his 213 hits was a career high, so was his 58 home runs, 169 RBI, and .364 Average. It was a career year that won him his second of three M.V.P awards.
It took Jimmie 6 years to come close to another legendary season like that but in 1938 he hit 50 home runs and a new career high of 175 RBI with a grand .349 batting average. It would be his final great season and a few years later he would hang around too long after his prime. In his last three seasons he hit 8, 0, & 7 home runs before retiring at the age of 37. At that age, Barry was one season removed from his first 50 home run year. Think about that for a minute. What could Foxx have done with Barry Bonds’ personal trainers? 1,000 career home runs? Possibly.