DEC: THE BASEBALL GURU ARTICLE
BROKE INTO THE BIG LEAGUES IN 1920 HE DID IT WITH A BIG
At the age of 21 he went into play leftfield for the Chicago White Sox. No
big problem with that
well maybe there was a problem with it
was replacing a man by the name of Joe Jackson. Otherwise
known as SHOELESS Joe Jackson to be more precise.
the mantle of scandal with him Bib Falk was given the unenviable task of
replacing him. With diminished talent (not too many people could match
incredible ability) Falk gave the Sox quality service for the nine years
he spent with them. While there he had a .315 BA which included three years
of .300 plus seasons.
man had excelled at the
of Texas in both baseball
(as a pitcher) and in football as a tackle who was good enough to make all
conference. In three years as a pitcher he never knew defeat. When he came
up to the majors he entered as a hitter and although he was no Shoeless Joe
(who was?), he ended up as a fine batter.
he was traded for a catcher by the name of Chick Autry, he still kept up
the fine hitting He put up three more .300 seasons and in his last few years
he developed into a potent and dangerous hitter.
his career was over he became an Air Force Sergeant during World War Two.
After his return he went back to
coach baseball. A very intelligent, funny man, He brought a sharp knowledge
of the game to his Alma-Mater and ended up with a 468-176 won and lost record.
He succeeded in winning several Conferences titles including two National
lifetime record in the Major Leagues includes 1,354 games, a .314 batting
average, 69 homeruns, and 78 runs batted in.