Introducing… Jack Fournier

A fine offensive first baseman whose career didn’t takeoff until the advent of The Lively Ball Era, Fournier was one of the top sluggers in the National League during the 1920s.  From 1923 to 1926, Jack was in the Top Ten in homeruns every year.

Fournier was originally called up to the Major Leagues by the White Sox in 1912 but played sparingly behind the speedy Rollie Zeider.  He took over 1B in 1914 and had his breakout season when he led all first basemen in slugging average and tied for 3rd in the American league in the homeruns department.  He was the junior circuit’s top slugger in 1915 but after two years of dominance, Fournier lost his stroke and essentially his job with the White Sox.

After hitting .240 in 1916 Jack was given just one at-bat in 1917.  He played briefly with the Yankees in 1918 before joining the Pacific Coast League.  When the “dead ball” was discarded and its new, more livelier version was unveiled, Fournier returned to the top.  The Cardinals bought Jack and he resurrected his career by hitting .306 while leading NL first basemen in doubles, triples and slugging average.

Fournier was the National League’s top hitting first baseman in 1921.  The left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower massaged the tomato at a .343 clip while leading his position peers in runs, hits and stolen bases.  After a sub-par 1922 season, Fournier was traded to Brooklyn where he had his finest seasons.  In his first year in Brooklyn, Jack led all Major League first basemen in homeruns.  Among his National League position peers, Jack was tops in the runs scored and slugging average departments as well.

He reached his high water mark in homers during the 1924 season, leading the NL with 27 long balls.  His 116 RBI were good for second in the league and he was the Major League’s top first baseman in batting (.334) and slugging (.536).  Proving that big bats are deserving of respect, Fournier paced the NL in walks the following season in 1925.  In ’25, Fournier also finished second in the NL with 130 RBI and third with 22 homeruns, all done on a .350 batting average while slugging a mighty .569.

During Jack’s first three years in Brooklyn, he never hit below .330 and always had an on-base percentage above .410.  His slugging average never dipped below .525 and he hit over 20 homers and drove in over 100 runs per season.

When The Lively Ball Era began, Jack was already 30 years old and age caught up with him in 1926.  His numbers plummeted drastically from 1925 and the Dodgers let him go after the 1926 season.  Fournier played one final season with the Boston Braves before his Major League career was over.

THE NUMBERS

G 1,530/R 821/H 1,631/2B 252/3B 113/HR 136/RBI 859/BB 587/SO 408/SB 145/BA .313/SA .483

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1 comment
  1. brettkiser said:

    One of the great first basemen lost in the shuffle from the Lively Ball Era, Fournier wasn’t quite as good as Sisler and Gehrig but was a terrific slugger in his own right. He led the league in slugging percentage and homeruns once but has been neglected by HOF voters because he is easily seen as a Lively Ball star. He came into prominence during the Deadball Era but couldn’t sustain his hitting. Shipped back to the bushes, he didn’t resurface until the ball was livened up. His HOF chances are weak.

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