Jimmie Foxx already had three full and three part-time seasons under his belt when he arrived at the Philadelphia Athletics’ spring training camp in Florida in the late winter of 1931.
He was still only 24 years old.
The RMY Auctions Photo of the Day is an original 5×7 Acme News photo of the future Hall of Famer, who was approaching the zenith of his lengthy career. Still carrying the original caption and date stamps on the back, the photo is among 600 historic photos, many culled from decades-old newspaper archives, up for bid through Sunday night.
Well-liked by teammates and fans, Foxx hit 30 homers and drove in 120 runs in 1931, but that turned out to be just a warmup.
He would hit an eye-popping 106 homers and drive in 332 runs over the next two seasons, winning back-to-back American League MVP awards.
Foxx was one of several stars on Connie Mack’s squad that would make a third straight trip to the World Series after winning two straight. Al Simmons, Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove and George Earnshaw were also among the Athletics’ top performers but they would fall to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.
Bidding for the Foxx photo and hundreds of other historic images, continues through Sunday at RMYAuctions.com.