Zack Wheat

Zachary Davis Wheat
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1959
Primary team: Brooklyn Dodgers
Primary position: Left Fielder

"One of the grandest guys ever to wear a baseball uniform, one of the greatest batting teachers I have ever seen, one of the truest pals a man ever had and one of the kindliest men God ever created," Casey Stengel said of Wheat.

Growing up in Missouri, Wheat made his major league debut in 1909. He played 19 season in the major leagues, 18 of which came with Brooklyn, though he finished his career in 1927 with the Philadelphia Athletics, a team that featured five other eventual Hall of Famers.

At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Wheat batted left-handed and threw right-handed. The outfielder hit over .300 14 times in his career, led the National League in batting in 1918, and finished with a .317 career batting average. He was also known for being a graceful outfielder with a strong arm.

Wheat's Brooklyn teams were mostly bad, but he did play in two World Series in 1916 and 1920, though his team lost both of them.

Wheat, who was nicknamed "Buck," spent the first part of his career in the dead-ball era and his best season during that timeframe was in 1914, when he hit .319/.377/.452 with 26 doubles, 9 triples and 9 home runs. He finished ninth in the MVP voting that year.

Zack got to play with his younger brother, Mack, from 1915 to 1919.

Wheat was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1959 and passed away in 1972.

"The idea of being in the Hall of Fame still hasn't sunk in," Wheat said after learning of his induction. "I wonder if I would have been any good with the live ball today."

"Zack Wheat was 165 pounds of scrap iron, rawhide, and guts. "
Buck O’Neil

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1959
Primary Team: Brooklyn Dodgers
Position Played: Left Fielder
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Birth place: Hamilton, Missouri
Birth year: 1888
Died: 1972, Sedalia, Missouri
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
2410
At BatsAB
9106
RunsR
1289
HitsH
2884
Doubles2B
476
Triples3B
172
Home RunsHR
132
RBIRBI
1248
Stolen BasesSB
205
WalksBB
650
Batting AverageBA
.317
OPSOPS
.817
On Base %OBP
.367
Slugging %SLG
.450