SCP Auctions will offer two of the most important artifacts from the career of legendary slugger Jimmie Foxx in its upcoming Spring Premier Auction.
A uniform Foxx wore during the famous 1934 Tour of Japan series and his 1933 American League MVP award will be up for bid beginning April 8.
The Tour of Japan uniform will carry a $100,000 minimum bid and according to auction officials, could sell for over $400,000 while the MVP plaque will start at $50,000 and may bring more than $250,000. Lou Gehrig’s 1934 Tour of Japan jersey sold for $507,875 at auction in 2011. Late last year, Ruth’s cap sold for $303,277 in another auction.
In 1966, Foxx made a surprise visit to his hometown of Sudlersville, Maryland and gave the two items, along with other memorabilia, to Gil Dunn, who was putting together a display of Foxx items in his drug store. They have been in possession of the family since that time. Four years ago, Dunn spoke with NPR about Foxx.
Nicknamed “Double X” and “The Beast” based on his remarkable power at the plate, Foxx played for four different teams during his 20-year MLB career with his most productive seasons coming as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1933, Foxx led the league in batting average (.356), home runs (48) and runs batted in (163) to earn his first and only Triple Crown and second consecutive AL MVP award.
SCP calls the large plaque “among the finest pre-war baseball awards ever to reach the marketplace”.
Foxx joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other stars in the 1934 barnstorming tour of Japan, demonstrating their skills to a country eagerly picking up the American game. They played a series of contests against the All Nippon team which was a precursor to the Yomiuri Giants, winning all 17 games they played. Foxx took home movies of the Tour, which was recently uncovered and digitized by the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The flannel uniform appears basically unchanged from its original use except for a missing portion of the jersey’s fabric in the rear right tail.
The auction will include hundreds of other items. To receive a catalog or more information, visit SCPAuctions.com.