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Jacob S. Faatz

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4"

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First baseman Jay Faatz played four seasons in the majors with four different teams in three different leagues. While he was not a strong hitter, he was above average defensively at first base, a key position in that era.

His best year with the bat was with the Cleveland Blues in 1888, when he hit .264 on a team that hit .234.

His last year in the majors was 1890, when he alternated at first base with 42-year-old Deacon White on the Buffalo Bisons of the Players League. He also managed the Bisons for 34 games.

Faatz had gotten his start playing for an amateur team in his hometown of Weedsport, NY. In 1877 he was the pitcher and his brother Charles was the catcher. Charles went on to play and manage in the minors. Faatz was still involved in some way in baseball in 1895 because he recommended Bill Dineen to the team's manager. Source: Baseball in Weedsport. The source also indicates that Jay Faatz played for Syracuse and Toronto.

His height was sometimes the source of comment. At one point Sporting Life stated that he was even taller than Long John Reilly.

In 1896 it was reported that he owned a hotel that was doing well.

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