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Jim Landis : biography

March 9, 1934 -

James Henry Landis (born March 9, 1934 in Fresno, California) is a former American Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder. He played on six major league teams for 11 seasons, from 1957 through 1967. Landis won five consecutive American League Gold Glove Awards and is considered to be one of the best defensive center fielders in major league baseball history.Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), Jim Landis


Landis attended Richmond High School (Richmond, California) where he was a star 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. In 1954 and 1955, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska.

Major League Baseball

Landis played for eight seasons on the Chicago White Sox beginning in 1957. During the 1959 Chicago White Sox season when the Go-Go White Sox won the American League Pennant, he hit .272 with 26 doubles. He led the American League with 13 sacrifice hits, 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 1960, he hit .253 and had 23 stolen bases. In 1961, he hit .283 with 22 home runs, 8 triples, and 85 RBIs. In 1962, he was an American League All-Star player. He won five American League Gold Glove Awards for center field, from 1960 through 1964. In 1963, Landis led the American League with a .993 fielding average both as a center fielder and an outfielder.

On January 20, 1965, Landis was traded to Kansas City Athletics where he played for one year. In 1966, he played on the Cleveland Indians. He played on three teams in 1967: The Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and the Boston Red Sox.

Post Major League career

Landis went into the safety sign business for several years and was a coach for Babe Ruth League baseball. He makes his home in Napa, California with his wife Sandy (nee Foster).)

Chicago White Sox All-Century Team

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

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