Harold Bentley Jeffcoat (September 6, 1924 – August 30, 2007) A solid big leaguer for 12 seasons with the Cubs, Reds, and Cardinals, Hal Jeffcoat was an outfielder by trade who transitioned to pitcher. The career .248 hitter, valued for his speed and his arm in the outfield, started throwing batting practice in 1951 and pitched his first game with the Cubs in 1954. With his fastball, curveball, and screwball, the righty compiled a 39-37 career record with a 4.22 ERA and 239 Ks in 697.0 innings pitched over six seasons. Primarily a reliever, Jeffcoat infamously hit Don Zimmer in the face in 1956, changing the course of the future manager’s big league career. As a Cubbie, he roomed with Chuck Connors, future star of The Rifleman. Jeffcoat’s older brother George pitched for the Dodgers and Braves. The former US Army Engineers Airborne Division paratrooper with a Purple Heart died in 2007 at age 82.