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Gordon Beckham

Gordon Beckham
Beckham with the Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox – No. 15
Third baseman / Second baseman
Born: (1986-09-16) September 16, 1986
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 4, 2009, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .242
Hits 696
Home runs 69
Runs batted in 304

James Gordon Beckham III (born September 16, 1986) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Beckham has primarily been a second baseman throughout his career, but has since transitioned to third base for the White Sox.

Personal life

Growing up in Atlanta, Beckham played quarterback and free safety for [1]


As a freshman in 2006, Beckham started all 81 games at Golden Spikes Award. He led the NCAA in home runs that year, setting the school's single season home run record (26) and tied the school record for most home runs in a career (51) against NC State on June 8, 2008 in the deciding third game of the Super Regionals that sent Georgia to the College World Series. The home run came on his last at-bat at his home Foley Field, after which he received a curtain call. On June 25, 2008 with his last at bat as a college player, Beckham tied Matt Clark of LSU as the 2008 season home run leader (28). He finished college with 53 home runs, the most ever by a player at the University of Georgia.

Professional career

Minor leagues

Beckham was selected eighth overall in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox. Considered the number 1 rated prospect in the Chicago White Sox system at the start of the 2009 season according to Baseball America,[2] Beckham played in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Saguaros. He lit up the AFL, hitting .394 with 3 HRs and a .468 OBP in 66 at-bats.[3] He continued to impress in Spring Training, hitting .270 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in 37 at-bats.[4] He forced his way into contention for the Sox' 25-man opening day roster, but it was eventually decided that he should start the season at the Sox' Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. After batting .299 over 38 games with the Barons, Beckham was promoted to Class AAA Charlotte Knights on May 27, 2009 and switched from his natural position at shortstop to third base. This was seen as a clear indication that he was being prepared for a Major League call-up, as White Sox third baseman Josh Fields was struggling at the plate and on defense.[5]

Chicago White Sox

Beckham during a May 2015 game

On June 3, 2009, the White Sox purchased Beckham's contract, adding him to the major league roster after he had hit .326 with 23 doubles, four home runs and 25 RBI in 175 at-bats between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Thus, Beckham reached the Majors 364 days after he was selected by the White Sox. He became the second position player from his draft class, behind the Giants' Conor Gillaspie, to make his MLB debut when, on June 4, 2009, he started at third base for the White Sox against the Oakland Athletics. In his debut Beckham went 0-3 with a strikeout and reached on a fielder's choice. He became the Sox' everyday starting third baseman, due to Josh Fields, and utility infielder Wilson Betemit's inadequacies at the plate and on defense.

Beckham struggled initially in the major leagues, going 2-for-28 over his first eight games. He got his first MLB hit, a single to center field, in his 14th at-bat on June 9, 2009 at U.S. Cellular Field, after which he received a standing ovation from the home crowd. On June 20, 2009, Beckham hit his first major league home run, a three-run shot in the fourth inning of the annual MLB Civil Rights Game, off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. Beckham's milestone home run came while the Reds were ahead 5-0, and sparked a comeback victory for the Sox. On June 27, 2009, Beckham hit a walk-off single with two men on and two out in the bottom of the 9th inning against the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs, his first walk-off hit. On June 29, 2009, Beckham went 3 for 3 with a walk and 2 RBIs as the Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 6 to 3.[6] Beckham uses The Outfield's hit song Your Love as his walk-up song as he did at The University of Georgia.

On October 20, 2009, Beckham was named the Sporting News' 2009 American League Rookie of the Year, as selected by a panel of 338 major league players, 22 managers and 31 general managers and assistant general managers. On October 26, 2009 Beckham was voted the American League Rookie of the Year by the MLBPA, which is voted on in September by every player on a major league roster. On April 10, 2013, Beckham was placed on the disabled list for a fractured left hamate bone, and was expected to be out six to eight weeks.[7]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

On August 21, 2014 Beckham was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a player to be named later.[8] The trade was completed on February 4, 2015, as minor leaguer Yency Almonte was sent to the White Sox.[9]

Return to the White Sox

On January 28, 2015, Beckham signed a one-year, $2 million contract to return to the Chicago White Sox.[10]


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  4. ^ MLB Baseball Spring Training Leaders - Chicago White Sox - Major League Baseball - ESPN
  5. ^ Stats: Gordon Beckham
  6. ^ Beckham's first homer perfectly timed | News
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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
Preceded by
Evan Longoria
Topps Rookie All-Star Third Baseman
Succeeded by
Danny Valencia
Preceded by
Evan Longoria
Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Austin Jackson
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