Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Brief, Shining Sox Career Of Baby Doll Jacobson

Baby Doll Jacobson With The Red Sox  (Getty Images)
For today's Red Sox birthday celebration, we chose former Boston catcher Ryan Hanigan. Hey, the Editor-In-Chief lives in Andover, Massachusetts and Hanigan was a star at Andover High School. So, that was a given. But, we could not ignore another Red Sox birthday—that of William Chester "Baby Doll" Jacobson. He was primarily a CF for the 1926 Red Sox—hitting .305 and driving in 69 runs for the cellar-dwelling Carmine Hose. The following June, he was gone—sold to the Cleveland Indians. So, how did the 6'3", 215-pound Jacobson get the "Baby Doll" moniker? While in the minors in Mobile, Jacobson hit an Opening Day HR on the first pitch—just after the team band finished playing ‘Oh, You Beautiful Doll’. A female fan shouted: "You must be that beautiful doll they were talking about." The name stuck. This would have been Baby Doll's 127th birthday.