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Monday, October 09, 2017

Baseball legend Jim Landis passes away at 83

Landis learned to play outfield while in the minor leagues. He went on to win five consecutive Gold Gloves in eight seasons with the Chicago White Sox as a center fielder. He helped them win the 1959 American League pennant with a 94-60 record and reach the World Series, which they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games.
Jim Landis was voted by fans to Chicago’s 27-player “Team of the Century” in 2000.

Most WAR, AL outfielders 1958-61

Player        WAR/po OPSRfield   Age       Tm
Mickey Mantle   32.1  177   
-1.0 26-29      NYY
Al Kaline       23.4  131   61.0 23
-26      DET
Rocky Colavito  19.8  144   37.0 24
-27  CLE-DET
Roger Maris     19.1  137   27.0 23
-26 CL-KC-NY
Jim Landis      15.8  113   26.0 24
-27      CHW
Minnie Minoso   15.3  129    3.0 32
-35  CLE-CHW
Jim Piersall    11.0   97   65.0 28
-31  BOS-CLE
Tito Francona   10.8  131   
-1.0 24-27 CH-DT-CL 
DanG Posted: October 09, 2017 at 10:44 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: chicago white sox, gold glove, jim landis, obituaries

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   1. asinwreck Posted: October 10, 2017 at 10:06 AM (#5548646)
A great centerfielder. This film only has him hitting, but hey, it's footage of the 1959 World Series.
   2. chisoxcollector Posted: October 10, 2017 at 07:13 PM (#5549251)
This one hits me hard. I met Mr. Landis numerous times. He was always kind, gracious, and personable.

It’s been a rough 2-3 years. Billy Pierce, Minnie Minoso, Jim Landis, Roy Sievers, Turk Lown. All amazing people we’ve lost in the last 2-3 years.

It’s going to be a sad day when all of the Sox stars of the 50s and early 60s have passed. With one exception, the Sox stars of that era were all amazing people. Off the top of my head Gary Peters, Juan Pizarro, and Jim Rivera are still with us. Floyd Robinson as well, though for some reason I think of him as a different era. I’ll be very sad when they’re gone.

I swear, that %@$&#%@ Luis Aparicio is going to outlive them all.

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