Jackie Hayes (second baseman)

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Jackie Hayes
Second baseman
Born: (1906-07-19)July 19, 1906
Clanton, Alabama
Died: February 9, 1983(1983-02-09) (aged 76)
Birmingham, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 5, 1927, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
August 29, 1940, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Batting average .265
Home runs 20
Runs batted in 493
Hayes 1934 Goudey baseball card.

Minter Carney "Jackie" Hayes (July 19, 1906 – February 9, 1983) was an American second baseman in Major League Baseball player for the Washington Senators (1927–1931) and Chicago White Sox (1932–1940).

Early life and career[edit]

Hayes was born in Clanton, Alabama. The right-handed graduate of the University of Alabama made his debut on August 5, 1927. In his first full season, he batted a solid .276 with 2 home runs and 57 RBIs in 424 at bats. From there, Hayes went on to be a contributing part of the Senators in the late 1920s, and then the White Sox through the '30s. In his career, he was in the top five in sacrifice hits twice.

Baseball career highlights[edit]

In a 14-season career, he batted .265 with 20 homers and 493 runs batted in, in 1091 games. He accumulated 34 stolen bases, 494 runs, 196 doubles and a .318 on-base percentage. He had 1069 career hits in 4040 at bats.

He became the first player in Major League Baseball to wear a batting helmet during a game.

Later life[edit]

In 1940, Hayes lost sight in one of his eyes after a piece of cinder hit him in the eye during a 10–1 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He later lost sight in both eyes. Hayes died at age 76 in Birmingham, Alabama, and was interred at Clanton's cemetery.

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