Cunningham in 1960.
|First baseman / Right fielder|
|Born: August 27, 1931|
Paterson, New Jersey
|June 30, 1954, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 17, 1966, for the Washington Senators|
|Runs batted in||436|
|Career highlights and awards|
Joseph Robert Cunningham, Jr. (born August 27, 1931) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman and outfielder who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1954; 1956-61), Chicago White Sox (1962-64), and Washington Senators (1964-66). He batted .291 with 980 hits over 1,141 career games and was a two-time MLB All-Star in a 12-year career. The native of Saddle River Township (renamed Saddle Brook) New Jersey, threw and batted left-handed, and was listed as 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg).
Cunningham was traded from the Cardinals to the Chicago White Sox after the 1961 season in exchange for long-time star Minnie Miñoso. Although his first season as the White Sox first baseman was successful, Cunningham would never fully recover from a broken collarbone suffered in a collision on June 3, 1963. After his playing career, Cunningham returned to the Redbirds from 1968-71 to manage in their farm system at the Class A level. Cunningham worked as a coach for the MLB Cardinals in 1982.
In a 12-season career, Cunningham posted a .291 batting average (980-3362) with 64 home runs, 525 runs scored, and 436 RBI in 1141 games played. His on-base percentage was .403 and slugging percentage was .417. He compiled a .989 fielding percentage. His primary position was first base, in which he played in 608 games. He also played in the outfield, appearing in 404 games in right field and 46 games in left field.