Jacob Ellsworth "Jake" Daubert
Born: April 17, 1884 - Shamokin, PA
Died: October 9, 1924 - Cincinnati, OH
Career BA: .303
Brooklyn Superbas/Robins NL (April 7, 1884 - October 9, 1924)
Cincinnati Reds NL (1919–1924)
A whiz both offensively and defensively, Jake Daubert was considered one of the best first basemen of the Deadball Era. His career .991 fielding percentage is amazing given the playing conditions at the time. As an 11-year-old kid, he went to work in the coal mines. His ticket out was landing a spot on a semi-pro baseball team where he caught the eye of Major League scouts. As Daubert became more successful he never forgot his roots, which made him popular.
One of the real gentlemen of the game, he was a favorite of players, sportswriters and fans. Daubert had a great year in 1913 when he batted a lofty, league-leading .350 and banged out 178 hits. He had ten .300 seasons and averaged 187 hits over the course of his great career. Baseball Magazine chose Daubert as their All-Star first baseman in 1911, and awarded him this honor for seven years in a row from 1913 to 1919. His outstanding play in 1913 earned him the Chalmers Award as most valuable player, and he was later elected vice president of the Baseball Players Fraternity. After a salary dispute with Brooklyn, Daubert was sold to the Reds where, as captain, he led them to their first World Championship in 1919.
Off the field, he had keen business acumen and wisely invested in several businesses near his hometown, including a cigar business, pool hall, and a semi-pro baseball team. It is said he did so well in business that he did not need to play baseball, but he continued on as first baseman for the Reds. After he suffered a beaning in 1924, Daubert developed headaches and an overall malaise. In his weakened state, a hereditary spleen condition flared up. The operation recommended by the doctors was unsuccessful and Daubert died a few days later at the young age of 40.
If you look at his stats closely, it is hard to fathom why Jake Daubert has been bypassed by the Hall of Fame. He is, however, the starting first baseman on our Cracker Jack elite team. We are honored that he has his place on our team alongside Wagner, Collins and the rest.
– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html