Jacob Ellsworth Daubert (1884-1924) was widely considered the best all-around first baseman of his era with an exceptional fielding ability, blazing speed, a strong arm and a keen eye at the plate. Daubert was a whiz with money, investing in numerous ventures as a member of the Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers/Robins (1910-1918). His business savvy was front and center as he tried to persuade owners and the league to agree to guarantee players certain rights and benefits regarding trades, signings and releases. Though his demands fell on deaf ears and were virtually refused, Daubert fought hard for his own rights as a player and was deemed a “troublemaker.” In 1918, after the World War I shortened season, Jake sued Charles Ebbets for the remainder of his salary, which he was awarded most of by the courts. However, Ebbets traded Daubert to the Cincinnati Reds in the wake of this. In 15 seasons with Brooklyn and Cincinnati (1919-1924), Jake led the National League twice in batting average, games-played and triples. In 1913, he was voted the NL Most Valuable Player, taking home the coveted Chalmers Award. He was a member of two NL pennant winners in Brooklyn (1916) and Cincinnati (1919) winning the World Series in 1919 over the Chicago White Sox, amidst The Black Sox Scandal. Jake Daubert’s career ended when he died from complications after an appendectomy, but later revealed a hereditary blood disease as a contributing factor. Jake’s final number for his career were a .303 batting average, 2,326 hits, 1,117 runs, 250 doubles, 165 triples, 251 stolen bases and 722 RBI.
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