The swift, graceful fielder was the White Sox' center fielder for 8 of his 11 seasons.
In 1959 Landis scored six runs in the six-game WS for the "Go-Go Sox." Although his
batting average was usually low, as a regular he averaged 67 walks a season, showed
occasional power, and had 14 or more stolen bases six straight times in a nonrunning
era. By far his best year was 1961, when he hit .283 with 22 HR and 85 RBI, all career
highs. His .989 fielding average at retirement was second all-time among outfielders.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 22, 1959: The White Sox, down 6-1 after two innings, storm back and score 11 runs in the 7th inning on one hit; there are three errors, a near-record 10 walks, a HBP, stolen base, and single in the frame. Kansas City Athletics relief P George Brunet gives up five bases-loaded walks and a bases-loaded HBP, as the White Sox garner just one hit, by John Callison. Jim Landis makes two outs, both grounders to the pitcher, in the strange inning. Nellie Fox drives in two runs in the inning, both times by walking. Fox does collect four hits in the game, while Aparicio has a 3-run homer. There are three other bases-loaded walks as Kansas City loses, 20–6.
»July 17, 1959:
Chicago's Early Wynn and the Yankees Ralph Terry match zeros for eight innings at Yankee Stadium, before Chicago's Jim McAnany collects the first Sox hit in the 9th. Jim Landis adds a 2nd hit to drive home two runs to give the Sox the 2–0 win. Wynn matched Terry by also allowing just two hits.
»December 1, 1965: The KC Athletics, which waived young Joe Rudi to the Indians in May, got him back, along with backup C Phil Roof. The Indians receive veteran OF Jim Landis and P Jim Rittwage. Rudi hit .254 at Dubuque this past season.