Jake Stahl

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.

Jake Stahl
Stahl with the Boston Red Sox in 1913
First baseman / Manager
Born: (1879-04-13)April 13, 1879
Elkhart, Illinois, U.S.
Died: October 18, 1922(1922-10-18) (aged 43)
Monrovia, California, U.S.
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


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

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

Stahl began his baseball career as a catcher with the Boston Americans in 1903, before being purchased by the Washington Senators, where he moved to first base full-time, with occasional stints in the outfield. He was purchased from the Senators by the Chicago White Sox in May 1907, although he did not play that year. In October, the White Sox traded him to the New York Highlanders in a three-team trade, with Frank LaPorte going from the Highlanders to the Americans and Freddy Parent going from the Americans to the White Sox. In July 1908, he was purchased from the Highlanders by the Boston Red Sox.

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. As a player-manager, he led the Senators to two seventh-place finishes in 1905 and 1906.

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], 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.

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.[2]

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

Managerial record

TeamYearRegular seasonPostseason
GamesWonLostWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
WAS1905 1516487.4247th in AL
WAS1906 1505595.3677th in AL
WAS total301119182.39500
BOS1912 15210547.6911st in AL43.571Won World Series (NYG)
BOS1913 803941.488resigned
BOS total23214488.62143.571

See also


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