Jay Faatz

From BR Bullpen

Jay Faatz.jpg

Jacob S. Faatz

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4", Weight 196 lb.

BR page

Biographical Information[edit]

First baseman Jay Faatz played four seasons in the majors with four different teams in three different leagues. While he was not a strong hitter, he was above average defensively at first base, a key position in that era.

His best year with the bat was with the Cleveland Blues in 1888, when he hit .264 on a team that hit .234.

His last year in the majors was 1890, when he alternated at first base with 42-year-old Deacon White on the Buffalo Bisons of the Players League. He also managed the Bisons for 34 games.

Faatz had gotten his start playing for an amateur team in his hometown of Weedsport, NY. In 1877 he was the pitcher and his brother Charles was the catcher. Charles went on to play and manage in the minors. Faatz was still involved in some way in baseball in 1895 because he recommended Bill Dineen to the team's manager. Source: Baseball in Weedsport. The source also indicates that Jay Faatz played for Syracuse and Toronto.

His height was sometimes the source of comment. At one point Sporting Life stated that he was even taller than Long John Reilly.

In 1896 it was reported that he owned a hotel that was doing well.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1892 Syracuse Stars/Utica Stars Eastern League 24-36 NA Team disbanded on July 22
1894 Syracuse Stars Eastern League 63-56 3rd
1896 New Castle Quakers Inter-State League Succeeded by Malcomb Whitehill
1905 Lyons Empire State League (NY) 31-35 4th

Related Sites[edit]