Jimmie Foxx-The Kid

Usually when I look at photos of people from 75+ years ago they always look older than they really are. Maybe it’s a modern day bias on my part, or maybe times were so tough back then that you needed to mature faster, or you just aged quicker.

It always manifests itself when I look at the old-time baseball players. Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb never look young in any of their photos. This card is the exception.                        foxx 001                                                                                                         The Conlon Collection from The Sporting News

Jimmie Foxx is just 24 years old when this picture was taken. He looks like he’s 16. He has a fresh-faced youthful expression that you just don’t see in the early players. At 24 years old he just finished a season where he won the MVP with a .364-58-169 batting line. Does this kid look like he just hit 58 home runs? Foxx would again win the MVP in 1933(A Triple Crown season) and 1938. On the reverse of the card it describes a monster home run that he hit in the 1931 World Series.  Cardinals’ bullpen catcher Jim Lindsey said, “We were watching that ball for 2 innings.”

Later photographs of Jimmie Foxx would show a more “seasoned” look.

This is one of my all-time favorite cards of one of my all-time favorite players. 

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