Cunningham in 1960.
|First baseman / Right fielder|
August 27, 1931 |
Paterson, New Jersey
|June 30, 1954, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 17, 1966, for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||436|
|Career highlights and awards|
Joseph Robert Cunningham, Jr. (born August 27, 1931) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman and outfielder who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1954; 1956–61), Chicago White Sox (1962–64), and Washington Senators (1964–66). He batted .291 with 980 hits over 1,141 career games and was a two-time MLB All-Star in a 12-year career. The native of Saddle River Twp (renamed Saddle Brook) New Jersey]], threw and batted left-handed, and was listed as 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg).
Cunningham was traded from the Cardinals to the Chicago White Sox after the 1961 season in exchange for long-time star Minnie Miñoso. Although his first season as the White Sox first baseman was successful, Cunningham would never fully recover from a broken collarbone suffered in a collision on June 3, 1963. After his playing career, Cunningham returned to the Redbirds from 1968–71 to manage in their farm system at the Class A level. Cunningham worked as a coach for the MLB Cardinals in 1982.
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