As a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals (1922-1932), Cincinnati Reds (1933-1935) and St. Louis Browns (1936-1937), Jim was noted for his upbeat demeanor and ability to drive in runs. He had over 100 RBIs in each season from 1924 to 1929.
Jim's best season came in 1928 when he hit .325 with 31 home runs and 136 RBIs. Jim won the National League Most Valuable Player award and led the Cardinals to the World Series, where they lost to the New York Yankees.
Jim holds the single-season record for most unassisted double plays by a first baseman, with eight.