Forrest “Spook” Jacobs

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Jacobs, a native of Cheswold, Delaware, spent three years in the major leagues ( Philadelphia Athletics, the Kansas City A’s and the Pittsburgh Pirates). His 17 years in professional baseball
included 188 games in the major leagues playing second base. His lifetime major league batting average was .247 and his overall major and minor league average was .302. Opening day in the majors,
Jacobs tied Casey Stengel’s record for most hits by a rookie on opening day when he went four for five. In the minor leagues Jacobs excelled, winning MVP honors at Asheville of the Tri-State League.
He had 95 RBIs, 98 stolen bases and 102 runs scored as his team won the league by 17 1/2 games. In 1997 Jacobs was inducted into the Columbus, Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame. Also, during a stint with
the Pacific Coast League’s Hollywood Stars, Jacobs was voted “Star of the Stars” for his spirited all-around play. Drafted by Montreal, he later played in the Dodger organization before getting his
shot in the majors with the Philadelphia Athletics. He spent his last active season as player-manager for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Spook later served as a part-time scout for the Baltimore



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