Jigger Statz

Birthdate10/20/1897
Death Date3/16/1988
Debut Year1919
Year of Induction
Teams Cubs, Giants, MiLB, Reds, Robins
Position Center Field

Jigger Statz is one of 9 players to accumulate 4,000 hits as a pro; only Pete Rose, Ichiro Suzuki, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Derek Jeter have more.

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Jigger Statz had 4,093 career hits while playing professional baseball - only Pete Rose, Ichiro Suzuki, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, and Derek Jeter had more

Jigger Statz had 4,093 career hits while playing professional baseball - only Pete Rose, Ichiro Suzuki, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, and Derek Jeter had more

Only eight men have amassed 4,000 hits in professional baseball history. The first five men on the list are well-known – Pete Rose, Ichiro Suzuki, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter. The sixth man on the list is Jigger Statz. Unlike the men ahead of him, Statz banged out most of his hits in the
Jigger Statz called GC Alexander,

Jigger Statz called GC Alexander, "the greatest control pitcher of all time"; later Statz served as technical advisor in an Alexander biopic starring Ronald Reagan

During his four seasons in Chicago, Jigger Statz played alongside 373-game winner Grover Cleveland Alexander. Old Pete had his 38th birthday by the time the two finished playing together in 1925. Though past his prime, Alexander was still effective. In 1923, Statz’ second year with the Cubs, A

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