'Jungle Jim' Rivera, former White Sox OF, dies

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CHICAGO — “Jungle Jim” Rivera, an outfielder on the 1959 “Go-Go” Chicago White Sox pennant-winning team, has died.

He was 96. The team says he died Monday night in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The American League leader in triples in 1953 and steals two years later, “Jungle Jim” played for the White Sox from 1952 to 1961. He was part of the 1959 team that — led by Nellie Fox, Luis Aparicio and Early Wynn — captured the franchise’s first pennant since 1919.

The White Sox lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games. Rivera went 0-for-11, and Chicago did not win another pennant until 2005.

Rivera batted .256 in a career that included short stints with the St. Louis Browns and Kansas City Athletics.



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