Zack Wheat

  • Card series: Diamond Heads '15
  • City: Brooklyn
  • Team: Robins
  • League: National League
  • Hall: National Baseball Hall of Fame

Zachariah Davis Wheat (1888-1972) starred in left field for the Brooklyn Superbas/Robins/Dodgers and still holds team bests in hits, doubles, triples, RBI and total bases. Wheat defied the Deadball trend of choking up on the bat, swinging away with a “smashing swipe” according to one reporter. Yet, his stylish fielding drew the most praise (“the finest craftsman of them all.”)

  • 5 of his 9 HRs in 1914 were over the fence, rare in that era
  • Again defying tradition, used a light (40oz) bat and a wrist-snap unheard of then
  • Survived long enough to see the lively ball, hitting .357 at age 37
  • Elected to Hall of Fame: 1959

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