St. Louis Cardinals’ Top 20 Hitters
#9 – 1B Jim Bottomley
In 10 years from 1922 to 1931, Jim Bottomley was the picture of consistency, as he averaged 33 doubles, 12 triples, 17 home runs, and 106 RBIs a season while slashing .327/.390/.541. Those numbers were good for an impressive 136 wRC+ and the number nine spot on this list. Ultimately, they also helped him earn him a well-deserved spot in Cooperstown.
One of Bottomley’s more interesting feats with a bat came on September 16, 1924 when he drove in 12 RBIs over the course of a single 9-inning game, setting a record that stood until his fellow St. Louis Cardinal — Mark Whiten — matched the feat with 12 RBIs on September 7, 1993, nearly 50 years later.
In addition to stumping many a sports trivia fan with that feat, Bottomley won the 1928 MVP with an impressive season in which he led the league in triples, home runs, and RBIs while slashing .325/.402/.628. Beyond that, the tall first baseman was a crucial part of the 1926 and 1931 World Series teams, helping bring the title to St. Louis in both years.
When you consider all of Jim Bottomley’s feats and his overall performance, it’s clear that he’s deserving of a spot among the St. Louis Cardinals’ best hitters all time.