Class of 2010
Pitcher, 3rd Baseman
Cadott Lions 1953-56; Cadott Red Sox 1957-59, 61-62
The consensus among those who saw Jim Landry play is basic but telling — the Cadott native was one of the best hitting and pitching talents to ever partake in league competition.
Landry broke into the league as a 16 year-old, hitting .320 (16 for 50) for the Cadott Lions. This was the first of five seasons in which he would bat over .300 as a regular, with his career best coming in 1962 when he stroked a .379 average (22 for 58) during his last go around in league play.
The supernova of Landry’s talents took place in 1957. For the fledgling Cadott Red Sox, the right-hander flourished in the extended, once a week schedule format. In piling up 146.1 innings pitched, Landry whiffed 173 batters in going 14 and 3 with a 3.26 ERA. His K total led the league outright, while his 14 wins set him as a co-leader with Cornell’s Marty Webster. Moreover, the 14 win total by Landry and Webster is still standing as a single season league record.
From the batter’s box in 1957, Landry hit .333 (27 for 81) while hammering out 7 home runs, 27 RBI’s, and scoring 24 runs. Of course, Jim’s standout season coincided with the Red Sox winning an outright title with a 15 and 3 league mark.
None of his offensive totals from 1957 were league highs, although Landry did turn that trick with 14 base on balls in 1958 and 1962, as well as 17 runs scored in his fine 1962 campaign, in which he hit the aforementioned .379.
The righty’s dominance from the mound continued in 1958. For the 10 and 0, South Division champion Red Sox, Landry sat down 99 batters in 72 innings while leading the then Chippewa Valley League with an 8 and 0 record, 1.63 ERA, and co-leading total of 2 shutouts. On May 18th of that spring, Jim threw his first of two no-hitters, a 10-0, 9-inning victory over Seymour.
In 1959, Landry’s 5 and 1 record, 53 innings pitched, 85 K’s, and a 1.87 ERA were highlighted by his second, 9-inning no-hitter. This one came against Boyd on June 7th in another 10-0 Red Sox win. In the long and winding history of the CRBL, Landry still stands as the only pitcher to throw two 9-inning no-hitters in league competition.
Missing all of 1960 due to military service, Jim returned midway through 1961 to go 1 and 0 in 15 innings with a 0.60 ERA and tie for the league lead in saves with 1.
In Landry’s last season of league play in 1962, his memorable offensive season was augmented by a pitching mark of 4 and 2 with 64 K’s and a 3.65 ERA in 49.1 innings, helping to push Cadott to a second division title and its first birth in the WBA’s Final 8.
A strong validation of Landry’s talents came in early August of 1958, when the Chicago White Sox offered him a contract to pitch at their single-A affiliate in Toronto. After strong consideration, Jim declined the offer.
Participated in five All-Star games (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962). During his six seasons, Landry played on one league champ, two division winners, three WBA qualifiers, and one Final 8 squad.
Upon induction, Jim’s highest all-time ranking can be found in ERA where he is 4th. He is also holding steady at 5th for strikeouts per nine innings pitched, and 7th for winning percentage.