Jim Rivera, a member of the White Sox 1959 American League champion team, died Monday at 96, in Fort Wayne, Ind.
“Jungle Jim” Rivera, an outfielder, played for the Sox from 1952-61, batting .257 with 134 doubles, 50 triples 77 home runs, 382 RBI and 146 stolen bases over 1,010 games.
“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,” the White Sox said in a statement. “It was amazing to see the friendship and comradery 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.”
Rivera appeared in all five games of the 1959 World Series vs. the Dodgers, including three starts in right field. He also played for the St. Louis Browns in 1952 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1961.