Photograph of baseball player Jack Fournier of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. Photo dates to 1913 and was taken at the Polo Grounds in New York, home of the NY Giants.
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John Frank "Jack" Fournier (September 28, 1889 – September 5, 1973) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball.
Purchased by the White Sox from the Red Sox in 1912, Fournier presented Clarence "Pants" Rowland, and a half-dozen other managers, with the dilemma of what to do with this inept-fielding pure hitter. Rowland solved that problem in 1916, a year after Fournier had led the AL in slugging, by replacing him at first base with the marginal Jack Ness. Keep in mind that before 1920, a first baseman was one of the key fielding positions because of the constant threat of the bunt. Fournier proved time and time again, that he could simply not field the bunt with any degree of competence. Thus the quick exit from teams despite the fat batting numbers he could put up.
Fournier hit .350 for the Yankees in limited duty in 1918 before they passed him off to the Cardinals. Fournier led NL first basemen with 25 errors in 1920. After three productive years in St. Louis, Fournier was dealt to Brooklyn on February 15, 1923. Fournier said he would quit the game rather than leave St. Louis, but he ended his holdout and reported to the Dodgers. Fournier had found his spot, among an offensive unit that included Zack Wheat, Milt Stock, and Zack Taylor. He turned in a six-for-six performance on June 29 of that year, hit .351, and made a league-high 21 errors. In 1924 Fournier led the NL with 27 HR, and in 1925 was second to Rogers Hornsby with 130 RBI.
He hit 136 career home runs in 14 seasons while rapping .313 with a .393 on-base percentage. He also racked up three straight seasons with 20+ home runs, 20+ doubles, a .400 or higher on-base percentage, a .330 plus batting average, and 90+ runs.
Born in AuSable, Michigan, he played for the Chicago White Sox (1912-1917), New York Yankees, (1918), St. Louis Cardinals, (1920-1922), Brooklyn Robins, (1923-1926), and Boston Braves (1927).
He ranks number 449 on the all-time list of home run leaders.