Played for Boston: 1903, 1908-1910, 1912-1913
Boston Stats: 486 G, .277 BA, 21 HR, 228 RBI, 456 H, 50 3B
Stahl came up as a rookie catcher for the Red Sox in 1903 before being sold to the Washington Senators.
Upon his return to Boston in 1908, he became one of the best first basemen and managers in the history of the team.
The right-hander struck out a lot for a player in the Dead Ball Era, leading the league twice with Boston. This included a league-leading 128 strikeouts in 1910, which stood as a major league record until 1938, when the Boston Braves’ Vince DiMaggio whiffed 134 times.
Despite the holes in his swing, Stahl was also considered a power hitter and led the American League in home runs in 1910 with 10.
For all his accomplishments on the field, he was also an excellent skipper for Boston, leading the team to 105 wins and the World Series title in 1912. He was relieved of the position halfway through the following season after a sub-.500 start.
Despite his excellent play, some felt that Stahl took himself out of the lineup too often. According to Baseball-Lingo.com, the baseball term “jaking,” the refusal to play because of a real or imagined ailment, was named after the Boston first baseman.