JIMMIE FOXX, 1B/SP, PHILLIES, 1945
This may be the strangest story of any on the list, and since the Phillies stunk during the year Jimmie Foxx played for them, it’s hard to call this a wonder.
The great Hall of Famer had wrapped up a pit stop with the Chicago Cubs in 1942 and 1944 that made his career look like it was done. Nonetheless, the Phillies picked him up for 1945, and he hit .268 in 89 games. That’s not the wonder. Where the greatness comes in was that he stepped into the pitching rotation due to how bad it was, and in nine games, two of them starts, he went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA and was arguably the best pitcher on their roster. That’s right—Foxx pulled a Babe Ruth the opposite way, and watching that had to have been a wonder.