Jim Landis

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Jim Landis
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Landis in 1962.
Center Fielder
Born: (1934-03-09) March 9, 1934 (age 81)
Fresno, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1957 for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
August 27, 1967 for the Boston Red Sox
Career statistics
Batting average .247
Home runs 93
Runs scored 625
Career highlights and awards

James Henry Landis (born March 9, 1934 in Fresno, California) is a former American Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder who played for six teams from 1957 through 1967. He was an American League (AL) All-Star in 1962 and won five consecutive American League Gold Glove Awards. He is considered to be one of the best defensive center fielders in major-league history.[1]

Landis attended Richmond High School in Richmond, California where he starred in baseball as a third baseman and Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1952.[2] He served in the U.S. Army in 1954 and 1955, and was stationed in Alaska.

Major League career[edit]

Landis began his career in the major leagues playing for the Chicago White Sox in 1957 where he remained for 7 more seasons. He helped the "Go-Go White Sox" win the 1959 American League Pennant, hitting .272 with 26 doubles. He led the American League that season with 13 sacrifice hits and 426 and 420 putouts as a center fielder and an outfielder, and hit .292 during the 1959 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the 1960 season, he hit .253 and had 23 stolen bases. In 1961, he hit .283 with 22 home runs, 8 triples, 85 RBIs, and won his first of five consecutive American League Gold Glove Awards. In 1962, he played in two All-Star games.[3]In 1963, Landis led the American League in fielding with a .993 fielding average both as a center fielder and an outfielder.

Landis was traded on January 20, 1965 to the Kansas City Athletics, where he played one season. He also played one season for the Cleveland Indians in 1966. In 1967, he finished his 11-year major league career playing for three teams: The Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and the Boston Red Sox.

Later years[edit]

Landis went into the safety sign business for several years after playing professional baseball and also coached for Babe Ruth League baseball. He makes his home in Napa, California with his wife Sandy (nee Foster).)[4]


The Chicago White Sox announced on September 30, 2000, that Jim Landis and 26 other former and active White Sox players were members of the Chicago White Sox All-Century Team.


  1. ^ Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), Jim Landis
  2. ^ Wilcox, Andy (November 15, 2011). "Spending time with a local legend". Napa Valley Register (Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc.). Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sportsdata. Midsummer Classics: Celebrating MLB's All-Star Game. "there were two games a year from 1959 to 1962" ..."all players who were named to the AL or NL roster were credited one appearance per season." Retrieved February 26, 2015 [1]
  4. ^ "Landis 50 year Anniversary". Napa Valley Register (Napa, CA: Lee Enterprises, Inc.). December 3, 2006. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 

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