His extra base hit production would crawl up each season and after leading the National League in doubles two seasons in a row (1925 & 1926) he would have a huge 1928 where he had 42 Doubles and a league leading 20 Triples and 31 Home Runs. That season, he was also first in Runs Batted In, which marked the second time he would accomplish that, the first being in ’26. This was in the middle of a six season streak of triple digit numbers in RBIs. Bottomley was rewarded with his excellent season in 1928 with the MVP Award.
Bottomley would help St. Louis win the 1926 and 1931 World Series and in his 11 seasons with the Redbirds he would amass 1,727 Hits with a Slash Line of .325/.387/.537. He would finish his career with the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Browns.Jim Bottomley would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 via the Veteran’s Committee, and the Cardinals would later select him for their Hall of Fame in the 2014 inaugural class.
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