Beals Becker

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Beals Becker
Beals Becker.jpg
Becker with the New York Giants
Outfielder
Born: (1886-07-05)July 5, 1886
El Dorado, Kansas
Died: August 16, 1943(1943-08-16) (aged 57)
Huntington Park, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 19, 1908, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 6, 1915, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average .276
Home runs 45
Runs batted in 292
Teams

David Beals Becker (July 5, 1886 – August 16, 1943) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball from 1908 to 1915.[1]

Biography[edit]

Becker was born in El Dorado, Kansas in 1886. He attended Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri and is the only Wentworth graduate ever to play major league baseball. At Wentworth, Becker was a Lieutenant in Company A and was a member of the Bugle Corps. He played left end for the football team, was center on the basketball team, and pitched and played the outfield on the baseball nine. Becker was the recipient of Wentworth's Champion Athlete Award in 1903, his last year.

Becker batting for the Cincinnati Reds in 1913

From 1908 to 1915, Becker played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Boston Doves, the New York Giants, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Often upset by hometown heckling, Becker usually played better on the road. He was a fair fielder and, as a left-handed batter who had trouble with southpaw pitching, he was often platooned to face right-handers. Becker made a name for himself in the major leagues as a hard-hitting outfielder, who four times placed in the top ten in home runs in the National League during the "deadball era." In 1909, he was second in the league with 6 homers; in 1913, he was sixth with 9 homers; in 1914, he was fifth with 9 homers; and in his final season, 1915, Becker was fourth with a career-high 11 homers. In 1910, Becker became the first player to hit two pinch-hit home runs in one season. On June 9, 1913, he set a major league record with two inside-the-park homers in one game. His best all-around year was 1914, when he hit .325, second in the league, with 9 homers and 66 RBI for the Phillies. He played in three World Series, two with the Giants in 1911 and 1912, and one with the Phillies in 1915.

After his major league career ended, Becker bounced around the minor leagues for a number of years and was a member of the minor league champion Kansas City Blues in 1923. He died in Huntington Park, California in 1943 at the age of 57.

On episode #1309, (airing March 23, 2009) of PBS's Antiques Roadshow, a man who claimed to be Becker's great-great nephew brought two photographs and a uniform belonging to Becker to the show for appraisal. The items were valued at US$50,000.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beals Becker Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  2. ^ "Beals Becker Uniform & Photographs". Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 

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