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  • Jim Rivera (1921-2017)

    White sox center fielder, Jim Rivera passed away yesterday at age 96. He passed away the same day as oldest living major league, Bobby Doerr, meaning with two of the 10 oldest major leaguers passed away on the same day..
    Rivera led the league in triples and stolen bases once apiece. Defensively, he had a rifle arm that earned him at least 15 Outfielder Assists in four separate seasons. He led the American League with 22 Outfielder Assists in 1955.
    He spent all or part of each of his 10 major league seasons with the White Sox. He debuted shortly before his 31st birthday and played in the big leagues until he was 40.

    1952: St. .Louis Browns
    1952-1961: Chicago White Sox
    1961: Kansas City Athletics

    Rivera played in the minor leagues in the USA in 1962-1963 and in the Mexican league in 1964.
    Time in prison delayed the start of his professional career until 1949, with him working his way to the majors with the Browns by Opening day, 1952.
    Rivera's death comes less than two months after the passing of another long-time Chicago White Sox outfielder, Jim Landis.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-15-2017, 07:04 AM.

  • #2
    Sorry that I forgot to comment on this, here is his local obituary.

    from Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune

    Jim Rivera, an outfielder who played a key role in the White Sox’s 1959 American League pennant-winning team, died Monday night in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was 96.

    Over 10 major-league seasons spanning from 1952-1961, Rivera played for the St. Louis Browns, White Sox and Kansas City Athletics. The bulk of his career was spent with the Sox for whom he hit .257 with 77 home runs, 382 RBIs and 146 stolen bases in 1,010 games.

    The left-handed-hitting outfielder with the nickname “Jungle Jim” led the A.L. in triples in 1953 with 16 and in stolen bases in 1955 with 25 for the Sox. Rivera appeared in five of the six games of the 1959 World Series as the Sox fell to the Dodgers.

    Rivera is the second member of the ’59 Sox team to die in the last five weeks as Jim Landis passed away Oct. 7 at 83.

    “Sadly, yet another former White Sox star from our 1959 American League pennant-winning team has passed away as Jim Rivera joined many of his teammates (Monday) night,” the Sox said in a statement. “Jim was a key member of the Go-Go White Sox teams of the 1950s, teaming with fellow outfielders Minnie Minoso, Jim Landis and others. It was amazing to see the friendship and camaraderie among those men whenever they gathered together at a Sox game, even if it was decades after they last played together. We imagine they are having quite a clubhouse meeting today. We extend our condolences to Nancy Rivera and the entire Rivera family at his passing.”

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    • #3
      Rivera actually spent all 10 of his MLB seasons with the White: 1952 & 1961: Two partial seasons. 1952 moved mid-season from the St Louis Browns to the White Sox 1961 moved mid-season from the White Sox to the Kansas City A's. (although he was on the disabled List for most of his time with Chicago, but he did get into a game or two before being traded).
      1953 through 1960: Eight complete seasons with the White Sox.
      For most of the 1950s the White Sox regular outfielders were LF -Minnie Minoso;, CF- Jim Landis; RF Jim Rivera, with Al Smith becoming the White Sox everyday Left Fielder replacing Minnie Minoso in Left Field after Minoso's trade to the Cleveland Indians in 1958.
      Last edited by philliesfiend55; 03-04-2019, 05:23 PM.


      • #4
        " Rivera had a .256 lifetime batting average with 83 home runs, 422 RBls, 503 runs, 155 doubles, and 56 triples in 1,171 games played. He also had a career total of 160 stolen bases and a lifetime .978 fielding average. I'm not sure with this thou found it in the internet, I just like how he plays and had a great time watching him in the field "


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