James Leroy Bottomley
Born: April 23, 1900, Oglesby, Illinois
Died: December 11, 1959, St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis Cardinals (1922-1932), Cincinnati Reds (1933-1935), St. Louis Browns (1936-1937)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1974
This Day in Baseball History
On May 17, 1970, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves reaches the 3,000-hit club with an infield single against the Cincinnati Reds. Aaron, who later hits his 570th career home run, becomes the first major leaguer to reach 500 home runs and 3,000 hits.