Zack Wheat was a lefty hitting “power hitter” for the Brooklyn Superbas/Robins/Dodgers during the “dead-ball” era. He began his career in 1909 and for 19 seasons he was one of the premier players in the National League. He was a graceful and terrific defensive left fielder, and at a time with few homeruns, he was annually found among the league’s leaders in extra-base hits. His career numbers include 132 homeruns, 1248 RBIs , 2884 hits, and a .317 average (14 times +.300 and consecutive seasons of .375). He was the National League batting champion in 1918, and was a member of Brooklyn pennant winning teams in 1916 & 1920.
Zack Wheat is still the Dodgers franchise record holder for at bats, games played, hits, singles, doubles, triples, and total bases.
He was elected to Cooperstown via Veteran’s Committee in 1959.
June 2, 2016
Kansas City, MO