James Leroy (Sunny Jim) Bottomley was born April 23, 1900 in Oglesby, Ill. He moved with his family to Nokomis as a child, where he attended school and made his home for a number of years. His pro career began with Sioux City, Iowa in 1920. He also played with the Mitchell, S.D. team that year; Houston in 1921; Syracuse in 1922; and joined the St. Louis Cardinals that same year as a first baseman.
Played first base with the Cardinals from 1922-1932. Traded to Cincinnati Reds on Dec. 17, 1932 and played with the Reds from 1933-35. Traded to St. Louis Browns March 21, 1936. He managed the Browns from July 22, 1937 until the end of the season.
Set the single-game record of 12 runs batted in against the Brooklyn Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1924 (since tied by Mark Whiten of the Cardinals in 1993). The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.
He also had six hits in a game on Aug. 5, 1931, and is one of two big leaguers since 1900 to have a pair of six-hit games in the major leagues (Doc Cramer is the other player).
Bottomley was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1974.
Bottomley married Betty Browner on Feb. 4, 1933. He died on Dec. 11, 1959 and is buried in Sullivan, Mo.