Jack Bentley (baseball)
|Born: March 8, 1895|
Sandy Spring, Maryland
|Died: October 24, 1969 (aged 74)|
|September 6, 1913, for the Washington Senators|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 20, 1927, for the New York Giants|
|Earned run average||4.01|
|Career highlights and awards|
John "Needles" Bentley (March 8, 1895 – October 24, 1969) was a professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher over parts of nine seasons (1913–1916, 1923–1927) with the Washington Senators, New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies. For his career, he compiled a 46–33 record in 138 appearances, with a 4.01 ERA (earned run average) and 259 strikeouts. Bentley was a member of the Giants' pennant-winning teams in 1923 and 1924. He was 1–3 with a 4.94 ERA and 11 strikeouts in World Series play.
He was a good hitting pitcher in his major league career. In nine seasons, he compiled a .291 average (170-584) with 7 home runs and 71 RBI. In 1923 Bentley batted .427 (38-89) for the New York Giants. In the 1923 and 1924 World Series, he hit .417 (5-12) with one home run and 2 RBI. He also played 59 games at first base and 3 games in right field in the majors.
Bentley was drafted into the military in July 1917. It was thought that he would claim exemption from military service as a conscientious objector due to his religious faith, yet he chose to enlist in the army and serve his country in World War I. In March 1918, Bentley was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. Shortly thereafter, he was deployed to France with the 313th Infantry. He documented his experiences through letters sent home throughout his 19 months of service.
- Klingaman, Mike. "This Week in Sports", Baltimore Sun (July 30, 2018), p. 2 Sports.
- Thine, Jack: Jack Bentley WW1 Letters Home (July 1918 - April 1919), archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2021-05-18
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)