Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ray Jacobs died 60 years ago today

Ray Jacobs, shortstop

1928 Minneapolis Millers
1928 Toledo Mud Hens

Raymond Frederick Jacobs was born January 2, 1902 at Salt Lake City, Utah and died 60 years ago today as the result of an automobile accident in Los Angeles. He was only 50 years old at the time of his death.

Jacobs began his career in pro ball with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1923 at the age of 21, appearing in only 15 games but smacking the cover off the ball at a .356 clip. He spent the next four full seasons with Los Angeles.

In 1928 he began his brief American Association interlude, spending 25 games with the Toledo Mud Hens during which he batted .322 before heading up to Minneapolis where he appeared in 15 games and played second base. His composite batting average for the two teams was .333 with a .511 slugging percentage.

Jacobs returned to the Angels in 1929 and continued his hot hitting ways, posting a mark of .332 at the plate in 591 at-bats.

By the time his career was over, Jacobs appeared in 20 seasons as an active player, batting .291 with 233 home runs, most of them in the Pacific Coast League. He managed during his final six of those twenty seasons.

Jacobs was killed in an accident when failed to negotiate a curve in his automobile as he headed down the Santa Ana Freeway, according to Baseball Necrology. A strange way for a man so athletic his entire life to die, indeed.

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