Former White Sox outfielder Jim Rivera dies at 96

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:24:53 AM. Jim Rivera, an outfielder who played a key role in the White Sox’s 1959 American League pennant-winning team, died Monday night in Fort Wayne, Ind., at 96.
Jim Rivera, an outfielder who played a key role in the ’s 1959 pennant-winning team, died Monday night in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was 96. Over 10 major-league seasons spanning from 1952-1961, Rivera played for the St. Louis Browns, White Sox and Kansas City . The bulk of his career was spent with the Sox for whom he hit .257 with 77 home runs, 382 RBIs and 146 stolen bases in 1,010 games. The left-handed-hitting outfielder with the nickname “Jungle Jim” led the A.L. in triples in 1953 with 16 and in stolen bases in 1955 with 25 for the Sox. Rivera appeared in five of the six games of the 1959 as the Sox fell to the Dodgers. Rivera is the second member of the ’59 Sox team to die in the last five weeks as Jim Landis passed away Oct. 7 at 83. “Sadly, yet another former White Sox star from our 1959 American League pennant-winning team has passed away as Jim Rivera joined many of his teammates (Monday) night,” the Sox said in a statement. “Jim was a key member of the Go-Go White Sox teams of the 1950s, teaming with fellow outfielders Minnie Minoso, Jim Landis and others. It was amazing to see the friendship and camaraderie among those men whenever they gathered together at a Sox game, even if it was decades after they last played together. We imagine they are having quite a clubhouse meeting today. We extend our condolences to Nancy Rivera and the entire Rivera family at his passing.” White Sox GM Rick Hahn on trading Jose Abreu or Avisail Garcia: 'Everything is in play' ...Read more
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