Baby Doll Jacobson

At Mobile (Southern League) in 1912, the grandstand band played “Oh, You Beautiful Doll” after Jacobson’s Opening Day homer, and the next day’s paper captioned his photo, “Baby Doll.” After a decade in the minors, he spent 1917 in the majors, served a year in the military, and returned as a Browns’ regular at 28. The best of Jacobson’s ML career was contained in seven straight years over .300 (1919-25), five of them with Ken Williams and Jack Tobin flanking him in the Browns’ best-remembered outfield. A burly righthander who swung a light bat, he hit well for average, if not for power. For all his heft (at 6’3″ and 215-lb, he was the league’s biggest man), he was also a capable fielder. At one time he held 13 fielding marks; his 484 putouts in 1924 stood as a record for 24 years. In 1927 he played seven consecutive games for the Red Sox without a putout or assist.