The articulate, lefthanded Cunningham hit three homers in his first two ML games.
In his All-Star 1959 season, his .345 BA was second in the NL to Hank Aaron's .355.
Describing Cunningham's 1962 season, when he led AL first basemen in fielding, Richard
Lindberg wrote, "The balding first baseman made plays not seen since Joe Kuhel's
time (1930s and '40s)...after a game, Cunningham sat in a corner updating a little
black book that he kept on each American League pitcher."
»June 3, 1963: Chicago White Sox 1B Joe Cunningham is sidelined until Labor Day after fracturing his right collarbone in a collision with Angels 1B Charlie Dees. The Sox are a 1/2 game ahead of New York. Cunningham, who hit .295 last year with 101 walks, will never be the same player after the injury.
»June 15, 1964:
The White Sox send 1B Joe Cunningham and a player to be named later to Washington for 1B Bill Skowron and pitcher Carl Bouldin. The player named later is P Frank Kreutzer, who is shipped on July 28.