- May 7, 1884
- 5' 10"
- 160 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-14-1910 with BRO
- Allstar Selections:
- 1913 MVP
One of the best first basemen to play for the Dodgers, Jake Daubert starred for the team in the 1910s, before being dealt to the Reds in a trade fueled by spite. With his short left-handed stroke, he hit .300 or higher in seven of his nine seasons with Brooklyn, winning back-to-back batting titles in 1913 and 1914. In 1913 he was named Most Valuable Player in the National League. Daubert continued his success in Cincinnati, setting career highs with 205 hits, 114 runs, and 22 triples in 1922 at the age of 38. After undergoing a series of operations in October of 1924, Daubert died suddenly at the age of 40.
First played professionally for Lykens, PA, then played with Kane, PA, and Marion, OH. Was signed by Cleveland in 1908, but failed to make the team, and was assigned to Nashville. Spent 1909 season between Memphis and Toledo, before landing with Brooklyn for good in 1910.
His 1922 season was very good, but in 1913 he was putting up big offensive numbers in a deadball era. He led the loop with his .350 average, and out-pointed Gavvy Cravath for the Most Valuable Player Award.
On August 15, 1914, in a season in which he would win his second straight batting crown, Brooklyn's Jake Daubert recorded four sacrifice bunts in one game, tying a big league record.
February 1, 1919: Traded by the Brooklyn Robins to the Cincinnati Reds for Tommy Griffith. There's more to this than appears at first glance. Brooklyn got rid of Daubert because he had won a court case to secure the balance of his 1918 salary, after the season ended on Labor Day due to the Great War. After the National Commission, pressured by the federal government, ruled that the '18 campaign would end early so able-bodied players could help the war cause, many teams refused to pay their players their salary for the last four weeks of the season. Daubert, and many others, balked, but Jake had the audacity to follow through with a lawsuit. Griffith was six years younger than Daubert, but never his equal. He did hit .300 twice in his six full seasons with Brooklyn, but he was essentially a singles hitter with mediocre skills around the bag defensively.
Amazingly, despute the fact that he was usually the best, or second-best hitter in every lineup he played in, Daubert was a fantastic sacrifice bunter. He set a National league record for sacrifices, with 392. Once, with Brooklyn, he laid down four in one game.
"Daubert's intelligence was delightful - he [excelled] in every angle of the game, he could give a newspaper man a better talk than almost any player of the age. Well versed in topics outside baseball, he was an entertaining conversationalist, while hislanguage was meticulously free from profanity or even common slang." The Sporting News, October 16, 1924
Daubert was captain of the Cincinnati team, from 1919 until his death in 1924.
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