Double X and His Lost Dingers
This article was published in the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal.
In the baseball season of 1932, Jimmie Foxx—known then and now as Double X—made a concerted assault on Babe Ruth’s home-run record of 60 in a season. The Philadelphia A’s strong boy came up two short, ending his season with a total of 58. There is a persistent legend that Foxx would have broken Ruth’s record had fate not intervened. The root of this legend is found in Sportsman’s Park. Erected in 1909 and opened only days after Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, it was the second park in the steel-and-cement . . .
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