John Jacob Atz (Born John Jacob Zimmerman)
After his modest big-league career, Atz became one of the most successful minor league managers in history. He skippered the Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League to six straight pennants, and five of six "Dixie Series" triumphs, from 1920-25. He used to say that he changed his name from Zimmerman to Atz so that he'd be first on the payroll line. Although listed as Jewish by many publications, Atz was buried in a Roman Catholic cemetary and there are still questions whether he was Jewish or not.
Birth and Death Dates:
July 1, 1879 -- May 22, 1945
In his major league career, Jake played for Washington in 1902, and the Chicago White Sox from 1907-09. In 1909, his best year, he hit 18 doubles and stole 14 bases in only 119 games, while batting .236 for the White Sox. He compiled a .219 career batting average.
Primarily second base, but also played a handful of games at shortstop, and three games each at third base and in the outfield.
5'9-1/2", 160 lbs. Right-handed.
Batting Avg.: .219
Slugging Avg.: .263
Home Runs: 0
Home Run %: 0.0
Strike Outs: No available statistics
Stolen Bases: 23
Total Chances per Game: 4.6
Fielding Avg: .952
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