Jake Beckley

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1909-11 T206 Jake Beckley

Jacob Peter Beckley
(Eagle Eye)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 200 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1971

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Biographical Information[edit]


First baseman Jake Beckley played two decades in the majors. Known as a good hitter with speed, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

Beckley began his pro career with the Leavenworth Soldiers of the Western League in 1886. He reached the majors in 1888, when the Pittsburgh Alleghenys of the National League purchased his contract from the St. Louis Whites of the Western Association for $2,500. In 71 games with the team that year, he hit .343. In 1890, he jumped to the Pittsburgh Burghers of the upstart Players League along with several teammates, and he tied teammate Joe Visner for the league lead with 22 triples that year. The circuit folded after one season, and he returned to the NL squad, now known as the Pirates. He scored over 100 runs in each season from 1892 to 1895 and drove in more than 100 runs three times during that span.

Beckley was traded to the New York Giants during the 1896 season and moved on to the Cincinnati Reds about a year later. In seven seasons with the Reds, he hit over .300 six times. His contract was purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals prior to the 1904 season, and he spent his final four years in the big leagues with the club. Following his major league days, he played and managed in the minors for several summers. he also umpired in one National League game in 1906.

Beckley is #46 on the all-time list for runs scored, #33 for hits, #4 for triples, and #39 for RBI (as of 2011). Based on Adjusted OPS+, his best year was his rookie season, at age 20. Although he hardly ever led the league in batting categories, he was frequently among the leaders as his Gray Ink score of 165 shows. The nine players most similar to him (based on the similarity scores method) are all in the Hall of Fame. He coached William Jewell College. Beckley was elected to the Hall on January 31, 1971 by the Committee on Baseball Veterans.

Notable Achievements[edit]

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  • PL Triples Leader (1890)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 4 (1890 & 1893-1895)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 5 (1890 & 1892-1895)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1971

Records Held[edit]

  • Putouts, first baseman, career, 23731
  • Triple plays, first baseman, career, 8

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1907 Tulsa Oilers Oklahoma-Arkansas-Kansas League 37-60 -- Team disbanded August 6
1909 Kansas City Blues American Association 36-38 -- -- replaced Monte Cross (8-12) on May 11
replaced by Danny Shay (27-43) on July 27
1910 Bartlesville Boosters Western Association -- Team disbanded July 31 replaced Frank Barbour

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bob Nightengale: "The mystery behind Hall of Famer Jake Beckley", USA Today Sports, March 8, 2016. [1]

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