Art Jacobs

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Arthur Edward Jacobs

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ohio native Art Jacobs spent seventeen active seasons in professional baseball from 1923 to 1941. His chance for a major league spot didn't arrive until he was 36 years old when the Cleveland Indians traded him to the Cincinnati Reds for Earl Cook and cash on June 14, 1939.

Jacobs made his debut with the Reds on June 18, appeared in one game, pitched in one inning, gave up two hits and one run for a 9.00 ERA, but had no decision, and this was his one and only appearance in the big leagues.

During his tour of the minor leagues, Art had seven double-digit win seasons. In none of these did he lose more than he won. In all probabilities, his best season came about halfway through his career, in 1931. Art was with the Wichita Aviators of the Western League. He produced a 25-7 record with a 3.42 ERA in 253 innings and made the All-Star team.

Art's other seasons with 10 or more wins were in 1923 (17-12), 1924 (15-14), 1925 (15-7), 1932 (11-7), 1933 (17-7) and 1936 (11-9). Overall, he had 154 wins and 107 losses in 525 appearances and kept him close to a 3.18 ERA. Art left the game in 1941 at the age of 38.

After baseball, Art worked for 30 years as a studio grip at a motion picture studio. He died from a heart attack on June 8, 1967, in Inglewood, CA, at the age of 64.

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