After debuting with the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1888, durable performer Jake Beckley established himself as one of the best first basemen in the early days of the game.
From 1893-1901 Beckley finished in the top ten in games played four times. He played in the most career games at first base until Eddie Murray broke his record in 1994 and still holds the career mark for putouts among men at his position.
A prolific run-producer, Beckley had a dozen season in which he finished in the NL top ten in runs batted in. His career total of 1,581 RBI surpasses that of Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle, Tris Speaker, Joe DiMaggio, Willie Stargell, and Willie McCovey and remains 45th all time.
A spark plug of a man at 5’10”, 200 pounds, Beckley was a swift runner. He reached double figures in stolen bases in 16 of his first 18 seasons and had at least 10 triples in 14 of his first 18 years. Beckley hit .308 lifetime for his career and finished just 62 hits shy of 3,000.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.
Beckley’s plaque in Cooperstown reads, “Famed National League slugger. Made 2,930 hits for lifetime .309 average. Holds records for majors at first base: for chances accepted 2,500 most putouts 23,696 most games 2,368. Played 20 seasons with Pittsburgh, New York, Cincinnati, and St. Louis.”
With a debut year of 1888 and having died in 1918, Beckley remains elusive for even the most advanced autograph collectors. Jake Beckley’s autograph is not in the collection at this time.
Jake Buckley played with Deacon White and Connie Mack
Jake Beckley played with future Hall Of Gamers Deacon White and Connie Mack with Pittsburgh!!! Woohoo I really love Beckley.