Zack Wheat is elected to the Hall of Fame
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The 84th member to be inducted into the Hall and just the second Dodger player to receive a bronze plaque, “Buck” Wheat was remembered by the Flatbush Faithful as a consistently solid line-drive hitter and a reliable defender over Ebbets’ left field. For his nineteen big league seasons, he compiled fourteen in which he hit .300 or better, including a National League-best .335 in 1918, and two consecutive seasons in which he hit .375 (1923-1924).
Referred to by former Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey as the “best outfielder Brooklyn ever had,” he averaged a .966 career fielding percentage, leading the National League two times (once in 1918 with a .979 percentage and again in 1922 with a nearly-flawless .991). He also led the National League in putouts as a left fielder seven times (1913-16, 1919, 1924-25).
Alex Coffey was the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame