Jake Daubert Essentials
Bats: L Throws: L
70 Weight: 160
Born: 4 17, 1884 in Shamokin, PA USA
Died: 10 9 1924 in Cincinnati, OH USA
Last Game: 9/20/1924
Full Name: Jacob Ellsworth Daubert
First baseman Jake Daubert found baseball to escape the coal mines that he worked at in his youth and that his brother died in. After playing for several minor and independent teams he made his debut with the Brooklyn Superbas in 1910 and he batted .264 with 8 home runs and 23 steals. He batted .307 with 32 steals the next season. It was the first of six consecutive .300 batting seasons and of which only one season he had less than 20 steals.
In 1913 he won the first of two batting titles batting .350 with 25 steals and won the Chalmers Award, an early version of the MVP. In 1914 he repeated as batting champion batting .329. In 1916 he helped the Brooklyn club win the first pennant in its history batting .308. In 1917 his average dipped to .261.In 1918 he returned to form batting .308 with a major league leading 15 triples.
In 1918 during WWI the owners decided to shorten the season and prorate the players salaries as a result. Daubert sued Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbetts. They settled out of court but Ebbetts traded Daubert to Cincinnati. Daubert was named the first Captain of the Reds that season. In 1919 he batted .276 with 2 hr 12 triples 11 steals 44 rbi
In 1920 he batted .304 with 13 triples and 11 steals. In 1921 he batted .336 with 14 steals a career high 12 home runs and a league leading 22 triples at age 38. In 1922 he batted .292 11 steals and 10 triples. At age 40 he still batted .282. Outside the lines he joined an early baseball union was an investor in land and owner of several businesses on that land.
During the 1924 season he got hit by a pitch. He suffered from headaches and had trouble sleeping the rest of the season. Doctors thought he had appendicitis and gallstones. He was operated on but he never recovered and passed away a week later. Years later his son would have the same symptoms and doctors would find it was a hereditary illness. Daubert is still the oldest man to die while an active player. Daubert was posthumously inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1966.