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Old 10-07-2017, 05:50 PM
LITTLE NELL LITTLE NELL is offline
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Default RIP Jim Landis

Landis dead at age 83, best Sox Centerfielder in my lifetime and a main cog of the Go Go Sox. Won the Gold Glove 5 times and along with Lollar, Fox and Aparicio gave a new meaning to the phrase of Magic up the Middle.

The picture the ST has in the article is of Billy Pierce, hope they correct it.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/section/sports/
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Old 10-07-2017, 06:37 PM
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I emailed him. He says it's being fixed. It was id'd wrong in their files. I can understand how you might mix them up if you didn't have their faces imprinted in your brain.

Always given credit, and rightly so, for his great fielding, the fact is that he could hit a bit too. B.A. was low but his OBP was quite respectable.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:32 PM
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One of my favorites of all time. So much so I incorporate him into one of my usernames.

RIP Mr. Center Fielder, Mr. Landis.
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Old 10-07-2017, 08:19 PM
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Saw Jim at the end of his Sox career. Wish I could have seen him in his prime. Rest In Peace “Jungle Jim”.

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Old 10-07-2017, 08:50 PM
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Never heard landis called Jungle Jim, Rivera yes.

He was pleasure watching him patrol center.
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:22 PM
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Never heard landis called Jungle Jim, Rivera yes.

He was pleasure watching him patrol center.
Old age brain fart. You are correct,Sir.

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Old 10-07-2017, 09:28 PM
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Landis often seemed to glide unhurried to the ball, even those screaming line drives or high long ones to the warning track. Yes the Sox of that era really did play good defense and good fundamental ball. Landis was a big contributor. RIP.
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:37 PM
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My interview with Jim:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/r...ory=11&id=2098

He was a good man and a great player.
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Old 10-07-2017, 11:09 PM
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Jim Landis is the first White Sox player that I can remember as a five year old girl when my big sister took me to my first White Sox game. Over the years, just hearing his name brought on happy memories for me. He was my first favorite Sox player. RIP, Jim.
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Old 10-08-2017, 01:02 AM
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"Shoestring" catches were his specialty. Another icon of my childhood gone. RIP.
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Old 10-08-2017, 05:22 AM
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He was a ballplayer's "ballplayer".

RIP, Jim.
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Old 10-08-2017, 06:33 AM
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Players nicknamed him the Blade. Former sportswriter Jerome Holtzman always maintained that Landis was every bit as good defensively as Willie Mays.
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Old 10-08-2017, 12:55 PM
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"Shoestring" catches were his specialty. Another icon of my childhood gone. RIP.
He was also damn good in catching potential Home Run balls that were going to go over the low wall in CF.

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Old 10-08-2017, 06:07 PM
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If I said he was the best center fielder of all time I would get a lot of arguments. I'll just say he was the best center fielder I ever saw play.
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If I said he was the best center fielder of all time I would get a lot of arguments. I'll just say he was the best center fielder I ever saw play.
I'll second that. I watched Landis as a kid and thought that he was as good as Willie Mays. Mays was flashier, to be sure, but if a ball went out to center, you could count on the play to be made.

R.I.P., Mr. Landis.


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