Jimmie Foxx Centennial Celebration a Huge Hit! Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Family members and fans from several states converged on Sudlersville, MD on October 20, 2007 to celebrate the centennial of the birth of the town’s most famous son—Jimmie Foxx (534 career homers).

Under picturesque blue skies, the day began with a ceremony at the Jimmie Foxx statue located in the center of Sudlersville. The guest speaker was D. Bruce Brown, President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, who discussed Foxx’s prominent place in baseball history, noting that “Double XX” belongs on any list of the top players of all time. Brown also read two proclamations—one from the Governor of Maryland and the other from the National Baseball Hall of Fame—recognizing the 100th anniversary of Jimmie Foxx’s birth and extolling his virtues as a ballplayer and person.
Bob Warrington, an A’s Society member, offered comments describing why Foxx’s greatness persists over 60 years after he played his last big league game. He observed that Foxx touched the hearts of tens of thousands of baseball fans with his achievements on the field, and Warrington added that Foxx’s exploits on the baseball diamond are not and will not be forgotten.
A wreath of flowers, sponsored by the A’s Society, was placed at the Foxx statue with a ribbon reading “1907 – Jimmie Foxx – 2007.” Then, Nanci Foxx Canaday, Jimmie’s daughter, spoke briefly to thank those who attended the event and to express her appreciation to the people who worked so hard to make the celebration of her Dad’s 100th birthday a reality.

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