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John Thomas Tobin

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 142 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

"(Baby Doll) Jacobson (was) part of a great outfield including Ken Williams and Jack Tobin." - from Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups

Jack Tobin, from St. Louis, MO, played 13 seasons in the majors, mostly for teams in St. Louis. Later, he was a St. Louis Browns coach from 1949 to 1951 and a scout for the Browns.

Tobin was born in St. Louis, MO in 1892, the same year that Elmer Jacobs was born there. The two would both go on to debut in the majors in 1914 and finish in 1927.

Jack played independent ball in 1913 and then became part of the new 1914 Federal League. He led the 1915 Federal League in hits, and when the league folded he joined the 1916 St. Louis Browns. He did not hit well for them, however, and spent 1917 in the minors with Salt Lake City, hitting .331. Morrie Rath, several years older, was the team leader at .341.

Jack came back to the Browns in 1918 and stayed with them through 1925. He was several times among the league leaders in batting average, and in 1921 led the league in at-bats and triples.

Before the 1926 season he was traded to the 1926 Senators, who released him in mid-season. He spent his last 1 1/2 major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox. In his last season, with the 1927 Red Sox, he hit .310, by far the highest average on the team, although he showed little power.

He played in the minors in 1928-30. He managed in the minors in 1930 and 1949.

He is not to be confused with a later player, Jackie Tobin.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 2-time League At-Bats Leader (1915/FL & 1921/AL)
  • FL Hits Leader (1915)
  • AL Triples Leader (1921)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1921 & 1922)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 4 (1920-1923)

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