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Jake Stahl
Jake Stahl 1913.jpeg
Stahl with the Boston Red Sox in 1913
First baseman / Manager
Born: (1879-04-13)April 13, 1879
Elkhart, Illinois
Died: October 18, 1922(1922-10-18) (aged 43)
Monrovia, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 6, 1903, for the Boston Americans
Last MLB appearance
June 13, 1913, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average.261
Home runs31
Runs batted in437
Stolen bases178
Managerial record263–270
Winning %.493
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Garland "Jake" Stahl (April 13, 1879 – September 18, 1922) was an American first baseman and manager in Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, and New York Highlanders.


A graduate of the University of Illinois, he was a member of the Kappa Kappa chapter of Sigma Chi.

Stahl began his baseball career as a catcher before being traded to the Senators, where he moved to first base full-time, with occasional stints in the outfield. He was regarded as a good fielder and an average hitter, although he did lead all hitters in the American League in home runs with 10 in 1910. He also struck out 128 times for the year, a record that would stand until 1938.

Stahl sat out the 1911 season, instead opting to return to his native Illinois, where he took a position as a bank manager for a firm on the South side of Chicago.[1]

Stahl was offered a position as player-manager of the Boston Red Sox for 1912 — a position which required the team and Stahl to obtain formal reinstatement by baseball's National Commission since Stahl had been previously deemed to be in violation of "rule 33" when he failed to report in 1911.[1] This dispensation was given in January 1912, freeing Stahl to assume his place as player-manager of the Red Sox.[1] The team did not elect to fine him for his absence in 1911.[1]

As a player-manager, he led the Senators to two seventh-place finishes, and in his second managerial stint led the Red Sox to the 1912 World Series title. His success was short-lived, as he had a falling-out with his teammates and resigned midway through the 1913 season. His successor, Bill Carrigan, would win two more World Series titles for the Sox. Stahl died of tuberculosis in Monrovia, California at age 43.[2]

Stahl has a measure of immortality as the acknowledged eponym of the term "jaking it", a baseball phrase for faking an injury to stay out of the lineup, or otherwise loafing.[3]

Stahl was not related to Red Sox teammate Chick Stahl, despite contemporary accounts erroneously listing them as brothers.[citation needed]

See also

L to R: Cy Young, Stahl, Bill Carrigan and Michael T. McGreevy during spring training in 1912.
L to R: Cy Young, Stahl, Bill Carrigan and Michael T. McGreevy during spring training in 1912.


  1. ^ a b c d "Jake Stahl is Reinstated," Piqua Daily Call, Jan. 8, 1912, p. 6.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Dickson, Paul (1999). The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary (2nd ed.). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 0-15-100380-7.

External links

Media related to Jake Stahl at Wikimedia Commons

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