Thursday, May 24, 2012

May 24

1934 Batter Up #29 - Jimmy Dykes

On this day in 1946, Jimmy Dykes leaves the Chicago White Sox organization after twelve years and thirteen days, which is the longest tenure of a manager in White Sox history.

Jimmy came to the White Sox in 1933, along with Mule Haas and Al Simmons, when the Pale Hose bought the three players from the Philadelphia Athletics for $100,000. Dykes took over the reigns from Lew Fonseca in 1934. He started to drastically decrease his playing time in 1937. Jimmy ended his playing career in 1939 and just focused on the managerial part of his career.

Dykes had a .272 average over seven seasons with the South Siders.He had 551 hits and 307 RBI over that span. As a manager, Jimmy had a 899-940 record with the Sox and never finished higher than third place.


Jim from Downingtown said...

I played U-12 baseball on a team with Jimmy Dykes' grandson Mark back in the 1960s.

Steve Gierman said...

Very cool to have that connection!

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