Teams: Pittsburgh Alleghenys (Pirates), 1888-1889, 1891-1896; Pittsburgh Burghers, 1890; New York Giants, 1896-1897; Cincinnati Reds, 1897-1903; St. Louis Cardinals, 1904-1907
Jake Beckley was known as "Eagle Eye"
because of his hitting skill.
The first man to play 20 years in the majors without ever being on a pennant winner, Beckley had the misfortune to leave the game with 2,931 hits (just 69 short of the coveted 3,000 benchmark) and to die at age 50 on June 25, 1918. All three facts combined to keep him out of the Hall of Fame until 1971.
Although an instant success at the plate -- he debuted with three hits, including a home run -- his work at the keystone sack left much to be desired. Moved to first base, where his notoriously weak arm could do less harm,
Purchased midway through the 1888 season by
A disappointment with the Giants,
During the Players League war in 1890,
Here are Jake Beckley's major league totals:
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