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A member of the 2020 Illini athletics Corridor of Fame class, Garland “Jake” Stahl performed 9 seasons in Main League Baseball.
Born in 1879, he was the third son of Henry and Eliza Stahl of Elkhart. Jake’s dad was a front-line Union soldier within the Civil Conflict, surviving the Battle of Shiloh in Mississippi, a massacre the place greater than 23,000 people died.
After ending tenth grade, Jake matriculated to the College of Illinois and have become the college’s most celebrated athlete. He lettered 4 instances in soccer (1899-1902) and 3 times in baseball (1901-03).
When the Main League’s Boston Individuals misplaced its backup catcher to an damage, workforce proprietor Henry Killelea journeyed to Chicago to signal Stahl to an American League contract. Jake bought into his first large league recreation on opening day (April 20, 1903) and appeared in 40 video games as a catcher, batting .239.
Stahl was dealt to the Washington Senators in the course of the winter of 1904 and performed three seasons within the nation’s capital, amassing greater than 1,500 at-bats. In that third season, he was promoted to skipper of the Senators on the age of 26, turning into the American League’s youngest ever player-manager.
Following Washington’s disastrous 1906 season (55 wins and 95 losses), Stahl requested to be traded to the Purple Sox. As a substitute, Senators administration traded him to the Chicago White Sox. When Stahl refused to report, he spent the 1907 season working in his father-in-law’s financial institution, teaching the 1907 Indiana College baseball workforce and taking part in semi-pro ball in Chicago.
The White Sox traded Stahl’s rights to the New York Highlanders. He spent the primary 75 video games of the 1908 season within the Massive Apple, then was traded again to Boston to play first base.
Stahl loved his greatest skilled season in 1910, teaming with Corridor of Famers Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper. Stahl tied for the AL lead in dwelling runs with 10.
Amazingly, regardless of his long-ball success, Stahl opted to take a seat out the 1911 season and returned to his profession as a banker at Washington Park Nationwide Financial institution on Chicago’s South Facet.
New administration in Boston satisfied Stahl to return out of retirement in 1912, partially because of a proposal to grow to be a part-owner of the Purple Sox. As Boston’s player-manager, the Purple Sox ran away with the 1912 American League pennant, then beating supervisor John McGraw’s proficient New York Giants within the World Sequence. Stahl is alleged to have invested his profitable World Sequence share in his father-in-law’s financial institution.
Stahl’s profession unceremoniously led to 1913 when he suffered a critical foot damage that required the removing of a part of a bone in his proper foot. Whereas he continued to handle the Purple Sox, he couldn’t play first base. Following a mid-season argument with administration, Stahl was launched. Weeks later, the previous Illini star introduced that he was by way of with baseball.
Stahl instantly started his second profession as a full-time banker in Chicago, however onerous work and lengthy hours took its toll. He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1920 and was positioned in a Monrovia, Calif., sanitarium. Two 12 months later, he contracted tuberculosis and handed away in September of 1922 on the age of 43.
Right here’s 9 different gadgets you may not have identified about Stahl’s MLB profession:
- He was a member of two World Sequence championship groups. First as participant for 1903 Boston Individuals, the very first Sequence champ, then and as player-manager for the 1912 Boston Purple Sox.
- In 1904, he led all American League first basemen with 29 errors.
- He led the American League by being hit by a pitch 17 instances in 1905.
- His 41 stolen bases in 1905 ranked third within the AL.
- He ranked second to the immortal
- in triples in 1908 (Cobb had 20, Stahl had 16). Stahl ranked among the many AL’s high seven in triples 4 instances.
- He led the AL 3 times in batting strikeouts (1904, 1909 and 1910).
- Not solely did he tie for the lead in AL dwelling runs in 1910 with 10 (one each 53.1 at bats), he led the league in putouts as a primary baseman and ranked fourth with 77 RBI.
- He at present ranks 233rd on MLB’s profession triples checklist with 87.
- He obtained one Baseball Corridor of Fame vote in each 1938 and 1939.
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