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Jake Stenzel: The Forgotten Star

Jake Stenzel: The Forgotten Star

Jake Stenzel

When most people take a look at the Pirates all-time leaders they recognize the names of almost all of the players, it's a history filled with Hall of Famers who spent most or all of their career with the team from Honus Wagner to the Waner brothers to Roberto Clemente to Willie Stargell with plenty of other recognizable names in between. When the team celebrates players from the past there is one name from the record books that is always missing, an all but forgotten player from the 1890's named Jake Stenzel. All one would have to do is go to the team's all-time leaders in batting average to find his name. A franchise that has been around since 1882, yet there he is in the number one spot on that list, a full 20 points ahead of second place Paul Waner, one of the greatest pure hitters ever.

Stenzel started his pro career the same year Pittsburgh joined the National League, in 1887. At the time he was a catcher in the Ohio State League playing in Wheeling, West Virgi...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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