June 5, 1881|
Port Washington, Wisconsin
|Died: January 31, 1933
|April 30, 1904, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 24, 1907, for the Boston Americans|
Albert Leonard Jacobson [born Albin Leonard Jacobson] (June 5, 1881 – January 31, 1933) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between 1904 and 1907. Listed at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m), 170 lb., he batted and threw left-handed.
A native of Port Washington, Wisconsin, Jacobson always was a bad luck pitcher either due to injury or playing on a bad baseball team. He entered the majors in 1904 with the Washington Senators, playing for them two years before joining the St. Louis Browns (1906–1997) and Boston Americans (1907).
Jacobson went 6–23 in his rookie season for the last-place 1904 Senators, despite a 3.55 earned run average and career-best numbers in strikeouts (75) and innings pitched (253 ⅔). At the end of 1905, he was sent by Washington to the Browns in the same transaction that brought Willie Sudhoff to the Senators. His most productive season came in 1906 with St. Louis, when he went 9–9 with a career-high 2.50 ERA. A year later, he suffered arm problems and was dealt to Boston in exchange for Bill Dineen. He had a combined 1–6 mark in only nine appearances and never played a major league game again.
After that, Jacobson played for several minor league teams. He enjoyed a good season with the 1911 Kalamazoo Celery Pickers champion team of the Southern Michigan League, when he led the league pitchers with 26 wins and a .743 winning percentage.
Jacobson died in Decatur, Illinois, at the age of 51.